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Christmas fundraiser benefits local pet food pantry

The second annual Santa Paws Christmas Extravaganza was Saturday at the Parryville Volunteer Fire Company.

The event was hosted by Blue Mountain Animal Rescue Society and the money raised will go to its pet food pantry.

“Last year, when we started this, it did very well, so we decided to do it again this year,” said Donna Becker-Crum Blue Mountain Animal Rescue Society. “The funds are being used to run our food pantry. We have 55 families that we help on a regular basis; but, we often help other area shelters in need.”

Santa Paws featured photographs with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, a basket auction, a baked goods auction, craft vendors, and food from the Parryville Fire Company kitchen.

“We are going to be the advocates for the animals in Carbon County,” Krum said. “The need to care for the many animals is increasing. All the area shelters are at maximum capacity.”

Blue Mountain Animal Rescue has several programs.

“We have a senior program, where we match senior citizens with a pet,” Krum said. “For our junior program, we have young people who volunteer time with area shelters and rescues.”

At Santa Paws, they also accept donations for Toys for Tots, West End Food Pantry, Cards for Kids, and the Blue Mountain Animal Rescue Society Animal Food Pantry.

Blue Mountain accepts donations all the time, and has set up wish lists with Amazon Smile and Chewy. Visit Linktr.ee/bmars and scroll down to see wish lists and other links to donate.

Visit the website at https://www.bmars.org/ or follow them on Facebook.

Kelly Dotter and Laura Rice, of Palmerton, sold Scentsy products at Santa Paws 2 on Saturday at the Parryville Volunteer Fire Company. JAMES LOGUE JR./SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS