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Pulaski Moose Lodge helps police help kids

PULASKI — When a child is caught up in a traumatic situation, sometimes calming them is as simple and giving them a toy.
To assist area law enforcement officers with such situations, Pulaski Moose Lodge #2087 and Women’s Chapter #2301 donated four-dozen “Tommy Moose” stuffed animals to Pulaski Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Friday.
Lodge Administrator Eddie “Pudgie” Edwards decided to order another four dozen of the toys to make sure there are enough on hand to equip the patrol cars as well.
Police Chief Gary Roche said the 48 stuffed animals for his department will be kept at the department and used to comfort children who are brought in for interviews in serious cases such as domestic violence. He noted that town police cars already carry a stuffed animal for situations encountered on patrol.
Deputy Debbie Berg, who provides security in Pulaski County courts, said she intends to keep some of the toys at the courthouse, some at the sheriff’s department and some in the officers’ patrol cars.
Berg noted that a toy can also be a comfort for children who have to testify in court cases.
Moose Lodges throughout the nation can order the Tommy Moose and Donny Moose stuffed animals by the dozen from Moose International. The toys are then donated to police officers, firefighters, medical personnel and other agencies likely to encounter children in traumatic situations.
Edwards pointed out Pulaski Moose Lodge provides a lot of assistance to area organizations through donations of some sort.
Recently, the group has donated $500 to the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, $1,000 to a local Mission program, $500 to an area Boy Scout troop, among others.
The lodge also donated money to Dublin Police Department a few years ago to help keep the department from losing one of its police dogs.

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Pulaski Moose Lodge helps police help kids

PULASKI — When a child is caught up in a traumatic situation, sometimes calming them is as simple and giving them a toy.
To assist area law enforcement officers with such situations, Pulaski Moose Lodge #2087 and Women’s Chapter #2301 donated four-dozen “Tommy Moose” stuffed animals to Pulaski Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Friday.
Lodge Administrator Eddie “Pudgie” Edwards decided to order another four dozen of the toys to make sure there are enough on hand to equip the patrol cars as well.
Police Chief Gary Roche said the 48 stuffed animals for his department will be kept at the department and used to comfort children who are brought in for interviews in serious cases such as domestic violence. He noted that town police cars already carry a stuffed animal for situations encountered on patrol.
Deputy Debbie Berg, who provides security in Pulaski County courts, said she intends to keep some of the toys at the courthouse, some at the sheriff’s department and some in the officers’ patrol cars.
Berg noted that a toy can also be a comfort for children who have to testify in court cases.
Moose Lodges throughout the nation can order the Tommy Moose and Donny Moose stuffed animals by the dozen from Moose International. The toys are then donated to police officers, firefighters, medical personnel and other agencies likely to encounter children in traumatic situations.
Edwards pointed out Pulaski Moose Lodge provides a lot of assistance to area organizations through donations of some sort.
Recently, the group has donated $500 to the Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, $1,000 to a local Mission program, $500 to an area Boy Scout troop, among others.
The lodge also donated money to Dublin Police Department a few years ago to help keep the department from losing one of its police dogs.

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