In the true spirit of Christmas, Bob Goldberg and some of his fellow Moose Lodge members paid a special visit to Mary Gran Nursing Center last week to deliver some holiday cheer.
Goldberg, along with Thomas Ezzell, Benny Greene, Lou Bevilacqua and Marshall Johnson took 24 goody bags out to the nursing home, all while wishing each resident and staff member a Merry Christmas.
“We’ve done this for the last few years,” Goldberg said. “We like coming out and giving to the residents.”
According to Goldberg, he and his fellow club members gathered the week before Christmas and assembled the bags. Included in each bag were toiletry items, like lotion, soap, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste and tissue. There were 22 bags for the women and two bags for the men who live on the 400 hallway of Mary Gran.
“I called out here and told them what we wanted to do,” Goldberg shared, as he walked along the hall, pushing a cart full of the treats. “They told me how many residents were on this hall and we fixed that many bags.”
The five men didn’t want to miss anyone, either. As they were walking down the hall and delivering their gifts, many residents were out of their rooms.
“Just make sure you leave it on the bed,” Goldberg bellowed.
When the men met to assemble the bags, they had extra items left over and Goldberg said they didn’t want them to go to waste.
“We will give what is leftover to the staff,” he said.
For Mary Gran resident Ezzeline Johnson, she was thrilled to see the men coming her way.
“This makes me feel so happy,” Johnson shared. “It’s nice of them to bring us something and remember us at Christmas. It makes me feel like I am home.”
According to Greene, the organization enjoys doing service work in the community and sharing with those in need.
“We wanted to share this holiday with the elderly,” Greene said.
According to the organization’s website, the lodges support the local communities and charitable work. The lodge’s roots can be traced to 1888 and the founder of the Moose, Dr. Henry Wilson, successfully established the first Lodge in Louisville, Kentucky.
Over the years the Moose Lodge has expanded their service, offering men an opportunity to gather socially, care for one another’s needs and celebrate life together. Since the early years, the organization expanded to include valuable service the communities.
According to Goldberg, the lodge supports children and teens in need at Mooseheart Child City and School , a 1,000-acre campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago and care for senior members at Moosehaven, a 70-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, Fla.
Moose Lodges can be found in all 50 states, with over 1,000,000 members in 1,500 different communities. The Moose organization contributes between $75 to $100 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations, volunteer hours worked and miles driven) annually.
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