The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 20, 2013

Donation of stuffed moose toys helps kids who encounter bad situations

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is thanking National Moose Lodge for its support following the donation of a box of plush Tommy the Moose stuffed animals.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said the organization makes a yearly donation to the department, which gives out the stuffed animals to children they encounter during stressful situations.

“If we have some kids that have seen some sort of trauma, been in a car wreck or maybe their mom or dad is going to jail, this is something that helps calm them down a bit,” he said. “They’re a therapeutic toy.”

He said deputies place the stuffed animals into plastic bags and keep them in their patrol vehicles until they are needed. He said deputies also carry other stuffed animals as well.

“We really appreciate the Moose Lodge for their support,” Niles said.

Since 2002, more than 120,000 Tommy the Moose plush dolls have been donated to shelters, hospitals and emergency workers by Moose Lodges across the United States and Canada. The 12-inch tall plush animals are provided at no cost to those organizations.

The Moose organization maintains more than 1,800 Moose Centers across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, providing members with family oriented social, dining and sports activities.