The Havelock Moose Family Center enrolled five new members during a special ceremony on Sunday, and they got to see first hand the good the club does in the community.
The center made a variety of donations to area groups on Sunday and welcomed James F. Henderson, supreme governor of Moose International, during Sunday’s special ceremony.
Henderson, who holds the highest elected position in the international fraternal organization, was also the beneficiary of the local group, which made a donation of nearly $400 to the Moose International endowment.
"It’s outstanding the things that you do here," he told members of the local organization. "We want this lodge to be the heart of the community, and you are."
During the event, the Moose center made donations of Tommy Moose animals to the Havelock police and fire departments, Craven County Sheriff’s Office and Township Six Volunteer Fire Department. The animals are used to help comfort children during times of crisis and trauma.
Local chapter members also made a food donation to the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Association food pantry. The food was collected as part of the lodge’s weekly Wednesday night bingo games, which are open to the public.
The chapter also supported local Relay for Life efforts with a $300 donation.
On top of that, members regularly support Mooseheart, a residential childcare home for children and teens in need or who may have lost parents, as well as Moosehaven, a retirement facility for Moose members.
Havelock police detective Chris Morning thanked the members for donating a computer that the department uses as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
"It’s a big, big plus for Havelock PD to have this," he told members during the ceremony.
Kristin Willis, of the American Red Cross, thanked members for holding regular blood drives at the Havelock center. She said the blood drives resulted in donations of 712 units of blood in 2012 that helped 2,136 people. Since the center started blood drives in 1998, 12,549 units have been collected, helping 37,647 people.
"That is amazing," she said. "If not for the Moose lodge, we would not have been able to save those lives."
Henderson said he was impressed at the Havelock center’s continuous giving throughout the entire year.
"I hope everyone recognizes the good things that they are doing," he said. "I’m very impressed."
The Havelock Moose Family Center is located at 1007 East Main St. For more information, call 447-3920.