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Moose members raise funds to supply food, toys to the needy

December 19, 2010
  • Mason McDougall, 13, of Martinsburg, W.Va., fills storage tubs Sunday morning with food for needy Williamsport-area families at the Williamsport Moose Family Center.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Members of the Williamsport Moose Family Center packed 21 tubs with dry foods, hams and turkeys at the family center Sunday morning.

The members then delivered the tubs to 21 needy Williamsport-area families and donated extra food to Holly Place, a Hagerstown nonprofit assisted-living facility for low-income seniors, said Clint Rawlings, governor for the family center.

Moose members raised $3,000 through raffles, 50/50s and donations, Rawlings said. Of that, $2,500 went toward items for the families and Holly Place.

The remaining $500 was donated to Shop With a Cop, a toy program for needy children run by two deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

Five children from three families who live in the Williamsport and Sharpsburg/Keedysville areas went shopping with police Saturday night, said Deputy 1st Class Carl Witmer. Witmer, resident deputy in Williamsport, and Ken Cain, resident deputy for Sharpsburg/Keedysville, organized the effort.


This year, the two had about $600 to spend on toys, thanks to the Williamsport Moose and Osborne Funeral Home, Witmer said. Tony’s Pizza donated dinner for the families and deputies.

Witmer said he didn’t solicit contributions from local businesses this holiday season because of the recession, but the Moose and Osborne made donations.

— Julie E. Greene
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