Sheriff’s Office receives Tommy Moose toy donation for kids

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies display Tommy Moose plush toys, which they will distribute to children they encounter in various traumatic situations. Photo provided

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies display Tommy Moose plush toys, which they will distribute to children they encounter in various traumatic situations. Photo provided

GENESEE COUNTY — The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has added a new community policing tool to its arsenal with the Tommy Moose plush toy.

Recently, the Sheriff’s Office received a donation of Tommy Moose toys from the Michigan Moose Association, a charitable fraternal organized based in Luzerne, MI. The donation came as part of the Michigan Moose Association’s Tommy Moose program, which gives stuffed moose figures to police, fire and medical emergency departments each year.

The Tommy Moose toys are intended to help children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Law enforcement personnel and first responders give the plush dolls to youth that they encounter in various traumatic situations, such as the scene of a crime or an accident. The toys can also serve as a way for law enforcement and first responders to calm children when they need medical aid.

More information on the Tommy Moose program is available at tommymoose.org. B.G.