The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents.
Tommy Moose, the plush moose doll, will be given to children as a means to help ease their fright which often accompanies traffic crashes where a child is involved.
Moose International Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder and Don Gilmer, Project Chairman for the Georgia Moose presented the Tommy Moose on behalf of the over 10,000 Georgia members to Colonel Mark McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, at a news conference in McDonough.
"The Tommy Moose donation will allow the Georgia State Patrol to place the stuffed animals in our patrol cars and then help calm children who have been through a horrible incident," McDonough said.
The Tommy Moose program was founded in 2003 by Moose International to provide police officers, firefighters and ambulance personnel with the Tommy Moose animals as a means to comfort children in traumatic situations.
"This is the first time we have presented the Tommy Moose program to a statewide law enforcement agency, and we are extremely proud to have Tommy Moose on patrol with the Georgia State Patrol," Gilmer said.