Santa Clause for Paws Christ­mas Mar­ket plans: stall­hold­ers in­vited

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By BULELWA MBANGENI

The year is fly­ing by and the time is ap­proach­ing for the an­nual Santa Clause for Paws Christ­mas box col­lec­tion and han­dover.

Santa Clause for Paws is a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive that col­lects and dis­trib­utes pet food, toys, blan­kets and other much needed items to shel­ter an­i­mals.

It is there­fore fit­ting that the Gra­ham­stown SPCA will be the re­cip­i­ent of the col­lected items this year for the third year in a row.

Santa Cause for Paws started in Oc­to­ber 2013, with their main fo­cus be­ing an an­nual Christ­mas Drive.

“Christ­mas is a time for warmth, giv­ing and love, and the do­na­tions they re­ceive can dras­ti­cally im­prove the lives of needy shel­ter an­i­mals over this time,” the or­gan­is­ers said.

The con­cept of Santa Clause for Paws is sim­i­lar to that of the “Santa Shoe­box” project which dis­trib­utes fes­tive sea­son gifts to thou­sands of un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in South Africa.

The Christ­mas col­lec­tion in­volves boxes that are pledged and do­nated by mem­bers of the public, with each box con­tain­ing two food items, a blan­ket or jer­sey, some form of chew toy or a medic­i­nal item with an op­tional item for a mem­ber of staff from the re­cip­i­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Th­ese boxes are then dis­trib­uted to the pre-se­lected char­i­ties, in this in­stance the Gra­ham­stown SPCA.

For the past two years Santa Cause for Paws has sup­ported the Gra­ham­stown SPCA and, in 2016, they com­bined their han­dover with a Christ­mas Mar­ket at the Gra­ham­stown SPCA.

This year they are col­lab­o­rat­ing with the SupUr­ban Mar­ket, a monthly pop-up mar­ket that is aimed at sup­port­ing lo­cal Gra­ham­stown’s artists and en­trepreneurs.

Each month, the SupUr­ban mar­ket fea­tures lo­cally pro­duced art crafts, shoes, leather­craft, hand­made jew­ellery, an­tiques and col­lectibles, vin­tage and new cloth­ing, and de­li­cious foods, while giv­ing Gra­ham­sto­ni­ans the chance to meet lo­cal busi­ness own­ers.

The SupUr­ban Mar­ket will be hold­ing their De­cem­ber Mar­ket at the SPCA in con­junc­tion with the han­dover. This year, there will be dogs to hold too!

The com­bined event will take place on Satur­day 9 De­cem­ber. The idea is bring many new vis­i­tors to the SPCA and en­cour­age them to walk and play with the an­i­mals in the hopes of see­ing some adop­tions take place.

All pro­ceeds ob­tained from the stall costs and min­i­mal en­try fee to the venue will be added to the Santa Cause for Paws’ fi­nan­cial pledges that will be handed to the SPCA in Jan­uary.

They aim to cre­ate aware­ness and grow and be suc­cess­ful as an or­gan­i­sa­tion in the com­ing years.

Christ­mas is a time for warmth, giv­ing and love, and the do­na­tions they re­ceive can dras­ti­cally im­prove the lives of needy shel­ter an­i­mals over this time.

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