Local Moose Lodge donates Tommy Moose dolls to comfort young JMH patients


Phyllis Price, JMH volunteer;
Diane Linkous,
Women of the Moose secretary/treasurer;
Sherry Martin, RN at JMH;
James Walsh, past governor,
Washington County Moose
Family Center #1966;
Heather Trivette, RN at JMH;
Warren Ferguson, lodge administrator,
Washington County Moose Family Center #1966;
Dustin Joines, patient care partner at JMH;
Bill Snodgrass, governor,
Washington County Moose Family Center #1966;
and Johnna Stophel, phlebotomist at JMH.

ABINGDON, Va. – Thanks to the Washington County Moose Family Center #1966 and the Tommy Moose Program, pediatric patients visiting Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) get a furry moose doll to comfort them during tests and other medical experiences.

Bill Snodgrass, governor of Washington County Moose Family Center #1966, and several members of the local Moose Lodge recently visited JMH to donate an additional 120 Tommy Moose dolls to help ease anxiety for children who are in the hospital for health reasons or simply to have a test performed. To date, the local lodge has donated more than 880 Tommy Moose stuffed animals to JMH.

This national program, started in 2002, aims to help children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Moose lodges and chapters across the United States, Canada and Great Britain have purchased and donated more than 100,000 Tommy Moose dolls to law enforcement, fire departments and other emergency workers to present to children in various traumatic situations.

In addition to this service, the Tommy Moose character has grown to personify happiness, safety and security through personal appearances, books and on children’s goods. 

 “This is a great program that allows hospitals, law enforcement and other emergency crews to offer something comforting to young children who may be scared or exposed to traumatic situations,” said Snodgrass.

Brooke Davis, director of Guest Relations and Internal Transport at JMH, along with JMH team members Dustin Joines, Sherry Martin, Phyllis Price, Johnna Stophel and Heather Trivette, accepted the recent generous gift from the Washington County Moose Family Center #1966.

“We greatly appreciate the Washington County Moose Family Center #1966 for bringing the Tommy Moose program to Johnston Memorial Hospital,” Davis said. “It is a little something that goes a long way for patients of any age who may be anxious about a particular test or time in the hospital.”

For more information on the Tommy Moose Program in this area, call the lodge at 276-628-2764.

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