Dozens of Tommy Moose plush toys donated to Durham Region first responders are expected to help comfort children facing times of crisis.
The Loyal Order of the Moose presented the Durham Regional Police Service, the Region of Durham Paramedic Services, Oshawa Fire Services and the OPP with six dozen Tommy Moose stuffies during the opening session of their annual midyear conference in Oshawa on Friday (April 5).
Emergency services representatives, along with federal, provincial and municipal dignitaries welcomed the local and international Moose members to Oshawa and thanked them for the generous contribution to assist children in need.
According to a release, the first responders spoke of the importance of having a small item to give to a child when they respond to a crisis situation, knowing the comfort a kind gift can bring.
The Loyal Order of the Moose was founded more than 130 years ago by Dr. Henry Wilson, a man who reportedly put the goal of caring for the needs of others at the forefront.
According to DRPS Chief Paul Martin, that is something all first responders have in common.
“I look at it and we have a common goal in that. I think for all community builders, whether we’re police or other first responders or associations such as yours, it’s important that we take care of others’ needs,” Chief Martin said.
“It ebbs and flows depending on the economic situation and other things that happen in the world but I think there’s always people with needs out there. It’s always great to see fantastic people such as yourself from all over the world and from all over Ontario and Canada coming together and taking care of others’ needs.”