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Linda Little brought Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks 2 stuffed animals on Friday.

Little and her group, Women of the Moose Chapter 1169 of Winston-Salem, donated a dozen stuffed moose July 19 to Parks and the Yadkinville Police to distribute to children of traumatic events, such as crime and fires.

Little is a member of the Women of the Moose which meets every two weeks in Winston-Salem. She decided to raise funds and donate the stuffed moose to the police department as her community service project.

“We have Tommy Moose that we are presenting to Chief Parks to give to children who have been through a traumatic experience,” Little said. ‘Tommy Moose’ is a stuffed moose with a red shirt and blue pants that represents the Women of the Moose and their connection with the Moose Lodge.

Little said the moose were given to the police department to distribute through organizations that help with children in tough situations.

“Sometimes it’s through social services, sometimes through a fire. I ordered these from Mooseheart,” Little said.

Mooseheart is a childcare facility located 38 miles outside of Chicago. It is a residential facility that helps children in need from infancy to graduation from high school.

One of their outreaches, Tommy Moose, is a well-known face across the country. According to Mooseheart’s website, more than 100,000 of the stuffed animals have been donated to shelters, hospitals and emergency workers since the toy’s beginning in 2002.

Little approached Parks and the Yadkinville Police Department, who in turn contacted The Ripple to bring attention to Little’s hard work. She has spent the last year raffling off a cake one Friday per month to raise money to buy the moose.

A Yadkin County resident, Little wanted to bring Moose charity home from Winston.

“I wanted to do something locally for our children up here,” Little said.

“We certainly appreciate them,” Parks said of the Women of the Moose. “We appreciate the fact they think about us, being we’re up here in Yadkin County and they’re based out of Winston-Salem.

Little has been a member for six years after a friend in the Red Cross asked her to attend a meeting. She said she fell in love with the ‘Women of the Moose’ at the first meeting, telling the Ripple she regrets she did not find out about the organization earlier.

Parks and other members of the police department intend to put the stuffed animals to good service as they distribute them to children in need of something reassuring in a tough situation. Parks told the Ripple that Little’s donation was very special to the police force.

“It’s an honor for them to think about us and think about the problems that we have here, and think about the fact that maybe they could help a child out or something, or help us to help a child out that may be the victim of a crime or a fire,” Parks said. “We certainly do appreciate it, we really do.”

This is the first year Little has presented the moose but she hopes to make the donation an annual event.

Members of the Women of the Moose, the Moose Lodge, or non-members can participate. Visit www.tommymoose.org for more information.

Due to his coverage of both The Yadkin Ripple and The Elkin Tribune at this time, Taylor Pardue is frequently out of the office. To best reach him email tpardue@civitasmedia.com. If you need to reach him by phone dial 336-835-1513 ext. 15 and he will return your call as soon as possible.

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