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Moose Lodge donates stuffed animals for children

One of the stuffed moose toys donated by Moose Lodge 2072 is shown. (KTAR Photo/@Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Phoenix children in crisis will have something to comfort them thanks to a donation of stuffed animals.

Moose Lodge 2072 near 24th Street and Baseline Road donated 250 stuffed Tommy Moose dolls for children.

"We donated half of them to the police department and the other half to the fire department," said Lodge Governor Joe Borquez. "They are the first ones on the scene when an accident happens and the young children are crying for help saying things like ‘Where's my mommy? Where's my daddy?' The police and fire personnel will carry one stuffed Tommy Moose in their vehicle, and can give it to a child to comfort them."

The Moose looks like Bullwinkle. He has a red shirt on that says "Tommy," and blue pants. The back of his shirt has the group's website.

Borquez said that it was Moose Lodge member in Connecticut named Tommy who came up with the idea for the stuffed doll.

"Apparently it hit real big in Connecticut and is starting to move it's way to the west," said Borquez. "We have other Moose Lodges that are doing the same thing here in the state of Arizona."

The lodge raised the money for the dolls through dances and other fundraisers. Borquez said they eventually hope to raise enough money to donate dolls to Phoenix Children's Hospital.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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