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West Harrison Moose Lodge Donates Trauma Dolls

HARRISON, N.Y. – West Harrison Moose Lodge 294 donated 48 stuffed animals Wednesday to the Harrison Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to be distributed to children in traumatic situations.

Known as the “Tommy Moose Program,” Moose Lodge 294 purchased the stuffed animals (all moose) from Moose International Headquarters in Mooseheart, Ill. According to Governor of Moose Lodge 294 Paul Selino, the stuffed moose will be dispersed accordingly through the Harrison EMS to children who may need comforting during a difficult situation.

“God forbid there a child is involved in an accident these moose should give them comfort to deal with that traumatic situation,” Selino said. “If one of these stuffed moose can calm a child down for just 10 minutes just to get them through that situation it is worth every dollar we spend.”

Joe Bilotto, chief of operations for Harrison EMS, was grateful to Moose Lodge 294 for their generous donation. Bilotto said that it was a “fantastic” idea that the group decided to help, adding that random donations are more difficult to accept because the EMS doesn’t know the actual source of where those donations are coming from.

“These stuffed moose will help sooth a child in the event of a crisis,” Bilotto said. “Anything that can help a kid when they are in the back of an ambulance with their parent is great.”

Moose Lodge 294 is not done with their charitable efforts around town. According to Selino, the group has also participated in toy drives with local Cub Scouts as well as taking part in various walks to raise money for a cure for cancer.

“Helping people is what we are all about,” said Jim Carpenito, a member of Moose Lodge 294. “There can never be too much charity.”

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