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Women of the Moose make difference
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Women of the Moose recently donated $300 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of the 31st Judicial District. Pictured is longtime member Jackie Holubek, left, presenting CAC executive director Cassell Galligan-Davis with the check and a cute Tommy the Moose plush. - photo by Nikki Childers
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Comfort Frog is a recent acquisition of the Children’s Advocacy Center. It features weighted hands and feet to provide the same sensory comfort as afforded by hugs. CAC donations are crucial to purchase items like Comfort Frog to ensure the highest level of care for victims and their families. - photo by Nikki Childers

Women of the Moose have hearts of gold and their yearly contributions to local nonprofits serve as proof.

Each year, the close-knit group members donate money they collect over the course of the previous year to local nonprofits. Three organizations were the recipients of monetary donations: 

The Hope Center

Children’s Advocacy Center for the 31st Judicial District

Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center

“Whenever we have enough money, we donate it. We like to help the community in any way we can and we’ve been doing this for years,” said longtime member Jackie Holubek. “We have worked with CAC before and wanted to help them again this year. We love helping the kids.”

The donation comes on the heels of a fundraiser drought for CAC, as the organization has been unable to generate funds through various fundraising efforts due to the pandemic. CAC held a golf scramble last week at McMinnville Country Club, but prior to that had not held a fundraiser since 2019.

“The donation is a huge help. It gives us money to continue operations,” said Cassell Galligan-Davis, executive director of CAC. “It goes toward juice boxes and snacks, anything the kids and families need when they’re here. We get all of our funding through grants and fundraisers, even our salaries, so every contribution is appreciated.”

CAC is involved in educating the community about child abuse as well as helping victims and their families navigate the turbulent waters together in a supportive and safe environment. Books that they purchase to educate adults from the Darkness to Light project are $8 each and the donation will be an asset to allowing them to procure more of these to better inform adults about signs of child abuse.

Donated to CAC was $300, along with five Tommy the Moose plush toys for children to take home after their visit. Both Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center and The Hope Center received $200.