Shady Cove groups give to many families

With the dismal economic news and people losing their jobs, it is heartening that groups such as the Moose are working hard to provide for those in financial distress. Between the Women of the Moose and a combined effort of the general membership of Moose Lodge #2480 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6881, 30 families will receive Christmas boxes of food this year.

The Women of the Moose learned about five families needing assistance
from School District 9, said Recorder Wanda Chase. The group jumped at
the chance to help. Not only are they donating turkey dinners with all
the trimmings, including dessert, but the families will also get gifts.

Each child in the family will receive two articles of
clothing such as jeans or maybe a jacket. The children will also get a
toy or game that is age appropriate. The parents will get a luxury item
because everyone needs a treat now and then, said Chase. One
nine-year-old girl will get yarn because young as she is, she knits
caps for babies. A great-grandmother who is raising her
great-grandchildren will get a special gift chosen just for her. The
women chose all the gifts with care.
They earned money for
the project through a Christmas Bazaar where members made beautiful
handmade items such as quilts, jewelry and table runners, said Chase.
gives huge credit to Freddie "O" (O’Donnell) who sold ads in the Moose
newsletter and earned about $700 towards the Christmas boxes.
O’Donnell, 84-years-old and going strong, is one of the most popular
members of the lodge because of his dedication to the organization and
his pleasing personality. He also played a big role last fall when the
general membership gathered 3,000 pounds of clothing for the mission on
Jackson St. in Medford. They have another 1,000 pounds to donate in
As well as the five boxes put together by the women,
the general membership of the lodge and the VFW will donate 25 more
boxes of food. Donation barrels at Shady Cove Market and in the lodge
dining room provided nonperishable items towards the boxes. Members
look forward to this service project all year, said Jim Paisley,
Governor of the Lodge and Quartermaster of VFW.
of the dinners will be Dec. 23 when Moose Lodge men and women and the
VFW join forces for delivery. Paisley said, "This is the most worthy
and the biggest event yearly for us." For more information call Paisley
at 878-2294.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent   


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