Pet pho­tos with Santa give back to Toys for Tots

The Avenue News - - NEWS - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

The hol­i­days are for the dogs!

Quite lit­er­ally, if Paws To The Wall Pet Ser­vices has any­thing to say about it.

The pet-sit­ting and dog­walk­ing com­pany of Es­sex is hop­ing to spread some joy and en­cour­age some happy wag­ging tails with a “photo with Santa” event for char­ity.

On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10, your pet can get their photo taken with Santa Claus at Mid- dle­sex El­e­men­tary School at 142 Ben­nett Rd. all while con­tribut­ing some Christmas cheer to those in need.

The first photo with Santa is free with the do­na­tion of a toy. Kelly Stow­ell, one of the foundera of Paws To The Wall, cre­ated the event in or­der to use her com­pany to do good this hol­i­day sea­son. The toys col­lected and the money raised will go to­wards Toys for Tots.

Her ser­vices had in­cluded “Puppy Play­time” events, where res­i­dents were able to bring their dogs around to play with and so­cial­ize with other pups. The ser­vice was free, although a do­na­tion to a char­ity was en­cour­aged. She re­ceived so much sup­port for this that she de­cided to branch off and put her clients’ char­ity to good use.

“We spun it off on do­ing a fundraiser for Toys For Tots so all kids can have more gifts for the hol­i­day. I never want to see a child not have a good Christmas. Ev­ery­one should have that joy of be­ing able to open up a present on Christ- mas morn­ing,” she said.

Any ad­di­tional pic­tures with fam­ily, friends, kids and pets may be pur­chased (printed) for a small cost through our pho­tog­ra­pher. The pho­tog­ra­pher will not be mak­ing any money off of the pic­tures, she’s charg­ing just for the cost of the print­ing and any ad­di­tional money will go di­rectly to pur­chas­ing more toys to brighten a child’s Christmas.

The pho­tog­ra­pher will be lo­cal res­i­dent and Paws to the Wall client, Dar­lene Ha­gan, who is do­nat­ing all her time.

“It’s just a chance for any­one be a hero and give back and help more chil­dren have sur­prises on Christmas.” said Stow­ell. “That’s what it should all be about.”

All pups, from poo­dles to Pomera­ni­ans are wel­come.

Pic­tures will be­gin on a first come, first serve ba­sis at 2 p.m. un­til 3:30 p.m. and puppy play­time will fol­low at 4 p.m. There will be cof­fee and hot choco­late for the hu­mans and treats for their furry friends.

There are the pic­ture pack- ages avail­able if you de­cide to get the more than just the free pic­ture. $5 from each of these pack­ages will also go to pur­chas­ing toys for more chil­dren for the hol­i­days.

Each Pack­age will cost $10:

Pack­age #1:

2-5x7 3-4x6 Pack­age #2:

1-8x10 2-5X7 Pack­age #3:

1-8x10 1-5x7 1-4x6

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