HSCI volunteers and Board members took a team of six of our wonderful dogs to the 29th Annual Children's Christmas Party so the kids could enjoy some furry interaction. Held at Bloomington High School on 12/17/2011, the Children's Christmas Party was a joint effort of Bloomington Trades and Labor and the McLean County Chamber of Commerce that brings the joys of the holiday season to the children of unemployed or under-employed Bloomington-Normal workers.
Over 400 children enjoyed a visit from Santa and a Christmas gift. Prior to Santa's arrival, Molly, Rocky, Flash, DJ, Baxter, and Casey welcomed the kids and parents with many licks and tail wags! In addition, there were free games, face-painting, and food for the families.
HSCI thanks the McLean County Chamber and Bloomington Trades and Labor for inviting us to participate! It was a great opportunity to get our dogs out for some fun socializing and for the kids to enjoy some canine attention. Everyone, including the dogs, had great time. We look forward to going again next year!
Photos courtesy of Diane Lanier.
Our happy crew of volunteers and board members with Flash, Molly, Baxter, Casey, DJ (behind Casey), and Rocky. It's hard wrangling dogs and people for a good shot!
Rocky welcomes a young girl to the party!
Rocky gets more attention from the girls.
ZooLady and her Zoo Crew were on hand to do some fabulous face-painting!
A handsome "tiger".
DJ knew exactly where the food was and was anxious to get into the cafeteria.
Families wait for the food and games to begin.
Volunteer Jim tells Flash what a great dog he's been!
Board president Kathy Schniedwind tells the kids about Molly.
Three beautiful faces.
More families waiting for the holiday fun to begin.
Zoo Crew gets to work painting lots of faces!
Laborers and ISU athletes helped at the Children's Christmas Party.
Mrs. Claus hands out stockings to the kids.
ISU's Reggie poses with the kids.
This "lizard" is too cute!
One of many games for the kids in the Bloomington High School cafeteria.
More kids to love on Rocky. You might say he was the star of the show! He's quite the social pup.
Casey enjoys some attention from Kathy and a friend.
Flash is smitten with this cute little girl.
Flash also got a lot of attention from the kids.
Baxter, DJ, and Rocky networking the crowd.
Rocky and DJ are focused on the food he's holding. Nothing wrong with these dogs' noses!