• Rob Glover

Resilience, Spirit, and Community Support—Redemptive stories of 2020 from across Gaston County

In April, Kyle and Shawna Moore held an art supply drive at their temporarily closed, Dallas tattoo shop, handing out markers and paint sets so kids—suddenly learning from home—could continue to create.

In October, the Moores set up a drive-through trick-or-treat station in front of their shop, providing a creative solution to safely keep the spirit of the Holiday alive in a time of pandemic.

Now, the husband and wife team’s tattoo business, S’more Ink, is growing. They’ll soon open a second location in Lincolnton, making space for more jobs and more opportunity.

Kyle and Shawna Moore - Photo Courtesy of Gaston Gazette

In short, the Moores set an example of resiliency, creativity, and caring through the most challenging time we’ve experienced in generations.

The Moores are not alone. Throughout Gaston County, students, business owners, and community leaders rallied to provide help where it was needed and set the stage for an incredibly prosperous new year.

As our view of 2020 shifts from foresight to hindsight, we’re taking a beat to remember just a few of the moments that remind us why Gaston County is such an amazing place to live, work, and play.

Unmatched Community Support

You can tell a lot about a community by the way it reacts in a time of need. Gaston County residents showed up this year in ways no one would have imagined. For all the other reasons to live and work here, community is the best of them all.

Muddy River Distillery donated hand sanitizer to frontline workers

The same distillery equipment that turns out tasty rum is also good for making hand sanitizer. So when the germ-killing commodity became scarce in the early days of Covid response, Muddy River Distillery leapt into action, creating and donating 300 gallons of hand sanitizer to first responders, health care workers, a