For those located in Texas or the surrounding areas:
Although any contribution is appreciated, right now there is a need for all types of canned foods; water– lots of water; bathroom towels/wash cloths; hygiene products; blankets; baby food; baby clothes/items; snack items; paper towels.
A distribution center has been set-up at the VFW, 1452 Highway 361, Ingleside, TX 78362, about 2 miles from the Aransas Pass lodge.
Any gift cards should be sent to TMA Secretary Glenn Singleton, P.O. Box 276435, San Antonio, Texas 78227.
Please email any questions to Territory Manager Ron Trygstad.
For those who wish to offer cash contributions, please review the statement below that was sent to all lodges and chapters yesterday via Official Communications:
The individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey will soon be looking for assistance wherever they can find it. The Moose Fraternity has always reached out to help those in need and the Moose has a long history of partnering with the Salvation Army, which is providing disaster relief onsite.
For those members organizing fundraisers or collections through their lodges or chapters, the General Governor’s Office has issued a blanket dispensation throughout the month of September enabling those charitable actions to take place. The dispensation requires all net proceeds to be distributed to the Salvation Army or another reputable local agency and may be listed on your quarterly Heart of the Community report due November 15th. Those lodges/chapters that hold special events or fundraisers in relation to Hurricane Harvey may also send digital photographs and brief descriptions to our Communications Department for possible publication online or within Moose Magazine.
Individual members who are interested in helping during this trying time in Texas can send donations directly through the Salvation Army.
Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted by this historic storm.
A letter from John Capes, Executive Director of Moosehaven:
Irma is gone but certainly not forgotten.
She left a mess on campus including downed trees, limbs and moss. We’ve got a number of areas with modest water damage due to leaks and penetrations around windows and even through the brick. Shingles scattered about the campus clearly suggest we need to check all shingled roofs for damage. The southeast corner of the Michigan deck was damaged by a falling tree but it does not appear to be structural and it did not penetrate to the interior. The most disheartening damage is to the pier, which is completely destroyed. The storm surge was devastating and at one point even crested our seawall.
However, despite everything, our residents are safe, services continued throughout the storm, including hot meals and a 24/7 deli and salad bar. Once again our Moosehaven staff did an amazing job. The Leadership Team was on-site fulfilling various roles including damage control, hall monitors and safety and security. I would especially like to acknowledge the efforts of Bill Tippins, Director of Operations, Helen Taylor, Director of Resident Services, Richard Duley, Director of Facilities, Scott Fuchs, Director of Environmental Services, Kevin Hawley, Chef and Randy Anderson, Director of Dietary Services.
Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. Everything here can be fixed or replaced. We’re good to go.
The five lodges in Florida Keys and several others in the surrounding areas have suffered property damage. Many Moose members in Florida have been evacuated from their homes and are anxiously awaiting to see if they are able to return. We do not have any more information to offer at this time but ask that you please keep all victims in your thoughts/prayers, as certainly a lot of our members in the Keys have lost everything.
Many lodges have already started collecting donations to help those in need. The Sanford Lodge #386 in North Carolina has partnered with the VFW, the American Legion, and their local Elks lodge to help the victims of these natural disasters. If you are in that area and would like to help, please drop off cases of water, diapers/baby items, nonperishable food items, or anything else that might be needed to the lodge and they will make sure the items are delivered.
Lauderdale Lakes Moose #2267 in Florida is also collecting donations at 6191 Rock Island Road, Tamarac, FL 33319. They are specifically in need of the following supplies: non-perishable food; bottled water; sanitary wipes; and cleaning supplies. Contact persons: Tim Haley, Administrator or Ed McGurn, Social Quarters’ Manager (954) 721-9409.
If you are not able to make it to the drop off locations listed above but would still like to help, please consider donating to the Florida/Bermuda Moose Association, which has established an assistance fund to provide monetary funds to lodges affected by Hurricane Irma. If any lodge, chapter, Moose Legion, member, etc. would like to donate to this fund they can send checks to Florida-Bermuda Moose Association – care of: Secretary Scott Cushing, PO Box 278017, Miramar, FL 33027-8017; checks should be earmarked for Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.
Members of the Moose fraternity have always been ones to step up and help in time of need. We thank you for your willingness to help during this troubling time.