Buying toys for kids and seeing their faces as they open their gifts is one of the best parts of Christmas. Even though my son has plenty of toys, it was hard to resist buying the Little People airplane, the Thomas the Tank Engine train set and the Mickey Mouse ball pit.
When I’m picking up toys for him, I always look for good toys to donate to toy drives, going on a lot this time of year.
Glenwood Village Pet Hospital is a Toys for Tots donation spot and incorporates it into its annual holiday open house held for clients and the community.
The event, which includes pet pictures with Santa, will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the clinic, 555 E. Glenwood-Lansing Road in Glenwood.
Pets, kids and their grown-ups are welcome to pose with Santa, who will be played by veterinarian Terence Locke. Photos will be uploaded to a free share site after the event or prints can be purchased during the event for a nominal fee.
My friend Karen Laurinas is the hospital manager at the animal hospital and said the staff is excited about the event.
“This is our fourth year collecting toys and hosting the open house and it gets better every year. Last year, we collected almost 200 of toys to help the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with its Toys for Tots efforts. We love giving back to the community and the enthusiasm for this project really inspires us all year after year.”
For each toy donation, a ticket will be given for a free nail trim. The nail trim can be done during the open house or at a later date. Owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination.
Toys should be new, worth at least $10 and unwrapped.
Refreshments will be provided and there will be raffles. Each visitor will receive a raffle entry when they enter and they can choose which prize they’d like to be in.
Toys are being accepted through Dec. 13 during regular business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
“It should be a great night for pets and their parents as well as for the local kids who will have toys for Christmas thanks to the Marine Corps," Laurinas said. "It’s also fun to see Dr. Locke dressed up like Santa Claus so make sure you come join us.”
For information, call (708) 758-2400 or visit the Glenwood Village Pet Hospital Facebook page.