Humane Society of Central Illinois

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

HSCI Dogs Greet Over 400 Children

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.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

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!

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Rocky welcomes a young girl to the party!


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Rocky gets more attention from the girls.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

ZooLady and her Zoo Crew were on hand to do some fabulous face-painting!


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

A handsome "tiger".

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

DJ knew exactly where the food was and was anxious to get into the cafeteria.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Families wait for the food and games to begin.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Volunteer Jim tells Flash what a great dog he's been!


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Board president Kathy Schniedwind tells the kids about Molly.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Three beautiful faces.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

More families waiting for the holiday fun to begin.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Zoo Crew gets to work painting lots of faces!


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Laborers and ISU athletes helped at the Children's Christmas Party.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Mrs. Claus hands out stockings to the kids.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

ISU's Reggie poses with the kids.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

This "lizard" is too cute!


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

One of many games for the kids in the Bloomington High School cafeteria.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

More kids to love on Rocky. You might say he was the star of the show! He's quite the social pup.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Casey enjoys some attention from Kathy and a friend.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Flash is smitten with this cute little girl.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Flash also got a lot of attention from the kids.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Baxter, DJ, and Rocky networking the crowd.


Children's Christmas Party - December 2011

Rocky and DJ are focused on the food he's holding. Nothing wrong with these dogs' noses!

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