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Gifts That Keep Giving

December 3, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

Got a holiday gift list a mile long? Want to give back this holiday season? You might want to start your shopping at Greyhound Friends of New Jersey’s 2010 Craft Show and Pet Expo, which will be held Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

Nearly a hundred vendors will be on hand, offering a wide range of gifts and goodies, including jewelry, holiday decorations, gourmet food, handmade candles, artwork, beauty products, and toys, as well as items that’ll appeal to pets and animal-lovers alike. If you hate to shop alone, you can even bring your pets (as long as they’re on a leash).

In addition to all the shopping, there’ll also be raffles for more than 50 items that’ll make fabulous gifts for you or someone you love. Prizes include an iPad with Wi-Fi, a gift card from Best Buy, goodies from Life is Good, a gift certificate for the Billmae Cottage in Cape May, a wine lover’s basket, deluxe dog beds and grooming supplies, and a private sitting with award-winning photographer and author, Andrew Darlow. You can also get your pet’s photo taken with Santa, meet some wonderful adoptable Greyhounds, donate to the Giving Trees, and collect a sweet treat from the holiday bake table.

The show hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 (visit for a $1 off coupon). Proceeds from admission, giving trees, and raffle and bake table sales go to Greyhound Friends of New Jersey. Cross some presents off your list and help GFNJ save these beautiful animals!


In other news…

Can’t make it to the craft show but still want to get some gifts and do good? Consider doing your holiday shopping through this year. IGive allows you to choose from a list of participating charities (there are many different types, not just animal rescues) and make a tax-deductible donation to your selected charity as you shop from such big-name stores as Barnes & Noble and Best Buy. It may be one of the easiest ways to give back this holiday season (you don’t even have to leave your house!)

21st Century Storage in Pennsauken is holding a Pet Food & Supply Drive for New Jersey Aid for Animals throughout the month of December. NJAFA is desperately in need of dog collars, leashes, and gift cards to PetSmart or Wal-Mart that can be used for pet food. They’re also accepting bagged donations of old clothes, towels, and sheets. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday 9 a.m. through 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 7490 S. Crescent Blvd., Pennsauken. For more information, call 856.498.3978 or visit

Back in July, the New Jersey DEP commissioner signed off on a six-day bear hunt, which is due to start December 6 and aims to cull the state’s black bear population. In an effort to stop the hunt, Friends of Animals and Heart for Animals are hosting a rally at the State House in Trenton today. Anyone interested in attending or looking for more information can contact Edita Birnkrant, NY direcotor of Friends of Animals at or Dustin Rhodes at


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