Retired judge still in service

Daniel W. Moylan lends hand to rescue mission

Daniel W. Moylan lends hand to rescue mission

December 19, 2006

Editor's Note: In this 12-part series that runs through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others.

Name: Daniel W. Moylan

Age: 72

Home: Hagerstown

Occupation: Retired judge/mediation and arbitration services

What do you do to make Christmas brighter?: Moylan buys fresh turkeys and donates them to the Hagerstown Rescue Mission for Christmas dinner.

"This year, the cook tells me he will need 75 pounds of turkey. So I will get four turkeys between 18 and 20 pounds from a turkey farm in Thurmont and deliver them to the mission on Dec. 22."


Why do you do it?: "When I was a judge, I taught classes on addictive behavior on the local, state and national level.

As a judge, I was aware of the rescue mission for years. I knew they did work to provide meals and a place to sleep as well as a second chance.

Four or five years ago when I got a letter from the mission seeking a donation, I decided to come around instead of just writing a check.

I came up with the idea for the holiday turkeys, so I got together with the fellow who cooks the meals to see what he needs each year."

How can others help?: "Just ask what you can do. It's a tangible thing, so much more than just writing a check. It's more of a blessing to me than anyone else. I get a lot of enjoyment out of it ... it's concrete."

Comment: "Consider the starfish parable, where a little boy and an old man are walking on a beach where thousands of starfish had been stranded by an unusually high tide," Moylan said.

"The boy picked up one starfish at a time and walked it down to the water, repeating the effort as he walked. The old man chided him, saying he was wasting his time trying to help because there were so many.

"As the boy picked up yet another starfish, he told the old man, 'But it will help this one,'" Moylan said.

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