Helping Hands

  • Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Updated Friday, December 20, 2013 2:51 pm

ED

GRACE

Administrator for Moose Lodge 2628 in Georgetown

Bio:

Born in Pennsylvania, raised in New Jersey

Resident of Murrells Inlet for 23 years

Retired manager for M and M and M Mars Candy manufacturing facility

Member of Surfside Moose Lodge for 14 years

Can you tell me about the Moose Lodge?

Moose Lodge is an international organization of men and women dedicated to caring for children in need, looking out for senior members, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life.

It has been around for 100 years

We have over one million dedicated men and women-members from all 50 states, and provinces of Canada, the United Kingdom and Bermuda.

We annually contribute an average of $80 million in donations and volunteer hours to local communities throughout North America.

How did Moose Lodge 2628 get started?

It started as a Moose Service Center in Pawleys Island.

A lodge has to have 50 members and enough money to cover start-up costs, which are expensive.

We received our 501(c)3 status as a non-profit organization this year and we are opening a new lodge in the Maryville section of Georgetown, at 2018 South Island Road. We were originally charted as the Pawleys Island Moose Lodge.

We are very excited about new location

What do you like about being part of the Moose Lodge?

I like being able to give back to the community, and providing help for those who need it.

I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction being able to help people.

How does the Moose Lodge help people?

We provide meals and finances for needy families; we donate to the Safe Surfin, a program that helps protect young people on the Internet;

We come into schools, or have students come to the lodge for a childrens’ ID program.

We take photographs and finger prints of the students to put on a DVD that we give to parents. That way if their child ever goes missing, they can give the disc to the police for an Amber Alert.

We just started the Tommy Moose program.

We ask emergency officials to put a stuffed Tommy Moose doll in emergency vehicles so when they go out on a call with a distressed child, they can offer the child Tommy Moose to help sooth him.

We also give them to hospitals for sick children.

We recently collected and donated 106 pounds of canned food to Helping Hands of Georgetown.

We also donate to Special Olympics.

We have a Mooseheart campus in Illinois for about 300 children, with schools right there on campus, and a senior village in Orange Park, Fla. called Moosehaven.

Can you tell me about your family?

My wife, Joan, and I have four children.

Our daughter, Sharon Grace, is a Real Estate agent in Murrells Inlet.

Our son, Edward Jr., is a courier for postal service in New Jersey.

Our daughter, Susan Servillio, is a homemaker in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Our daughter, Kristen Grace, is a manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield.

We also have five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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