~ Press release provided by the Luray Moose Lodge
LURAY — In the spirit of giving back during the holiday season, Luray’s Moose Lodge #1413 announced this week that it made donations to a range of organizations and causes this holiday season that help children, families, seniors and animal welfare in the Shenandoah Valley region. Donations from the local Moose Lodge were made possible through fundraisers, regulated and legal charitable gaming, and member donations.
“Through our Heart of the Community program, the Men and Women of the Moose organize charitable initiatives year-round and provide special programming during the holidays in service to our neighbors,” said John McCauley, Administrator of the Luray Moose Lodge and Virginia Moose Association member at the Fellowship Degree level. “We are proud to support local organizations and people who need a helping hand. Our charitable programs at Moose Lodge #1413 rely on the support of our members as well as legal charitable gaming, which makes a tremendous difference when it comes to our ability to give back.”
Moose Lodge #1413’s holiday season support for local programs and causes include:
- A surprise holiday donation to a family in need for assistance with rent and utilities payments, groceries and more.
- Support for Page One, a Luray-based non-profit that assists families with emergency housing, utilities and healthcare expenses, and also operates a food bank and thrift store.
- A toy drive through Toys for Tots.
- Support for Habitat for Humanity of Virginia.
- A contribution to Living Legacy, a local non-profit organization serving Luray-area youth with developmental and empowerment programming.
- Serving 175 meals at its Thanksgiving Senior Dinner.
“At Moose Lodge #1413, we understand the positive impact of lawful charitable gaming in Virginia. Our legal charitable gaming programs help us make a real difference for people,” McCauley added. “We want to make sure members of the General Assembly understand the importance of protecting legal charitable gaming from the spread of illegal gambling, which cuts into our proceeds and gives nothing back to the community.”
Moose Lodge #1413’s holiday charitable activity is in addition to organizations and individuals it supports throughout the year through its Heart of the Community initiative, including:
The Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad; The American Legion Post of Luray for a variety of programs, including youth activities and facility repairs; the American Cancer Society; Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of breast cancer research; the Alzheimer’s Association; the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, an educational program aimed at teaching young people how to remain safe online; back to school supplies for Stanley Elementary School; track and field equipment for Luray Middle School; scholarship donations for students through the program Youth Awareness, Luray High School and Page County High School; and funding for the VCU Massey Cancer Center and its Oncology Wing.
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