At the beginning of this year, the Minot Women of the Moose Chapter set a goal to donate 100 Tommy Moose plush toys to area organizations involved with helping children in extreme situations.
The Tommy Moose project allows the group to provide a plush toy to children in extreme situations, such as a car accident, domestic violence situation, homelessness, or being passed from one home to another. The group recognizes that although children can be very resilient, they may not know how to deal with these sudden and/or extreme situations, and having a cuddly plush toy to hold onto helps to get them through the difficult time.
In total, the Minot Chapter has donated 108 Tommy Moose Plush Toys this year, through the Ward County Sheriff's Office/North Dakota Highway Patrol, Village Family Service Center, Domestic Violence Crisis Center, PATH Foster Care Program and the Minot Area Homeless Coalition.
Darlene Rust, shown here with Tommy Moose toys, received the first ever Dakota Moose Association’s Women of the Moose Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding volunteerism. The award was announced at a conference in Mobridge, S.D., in February, and the Minot chapter and lodge held a special presentation on April 27.
This is also the Centennial Celebration year for both the Women of the Moose and the Mooseheart Child City, which the chapter works to support, working as a fraternity to help children, seniors and those in need.