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Santa delivers Tommy Moose stuffed animals to children at Alaska Native Medical Center

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 10:23 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU)- Santa made an early stop on Wednesday to the children staying in the patient housing building at the Alaska Native Media Center. He brought stuffed animals, which included the Tommy Moose.

Former Moose Lodge President Jamie Miller said that since the program began in 2007, about 120,000 Tommy Moose have been donated to organizations such as hospitals for children, police and fire departments.

“We offer Tommy Moose for kids that have been through trauma or during an emergency and it kind of helps to get them so that they’re relaxed at specific times,” Miller said.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium President Valerie Davidson was among those who were thankful for the donations of Tommy Moose to children who had to spend their Christmas in a hospital.

“If anybody has ever been in the hospital, it can be a really lonely time anytime, but especially over the holidays,” Davidson said.

“We’re so appreciative of the Moose Lodge, Calista Cooperation, CIRI, ANMC Axillary and the Moravian church who generously are donating gifts including these fabulous moose to all the patients, especially children who are here over the holidays,” Davidson said.

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