Help homeless animals while crossing off your Christmas list

Want to get your holiday gift shopping done while helping homeless animals? Then look no further than the Heritage Humane Society’s annual Christmas Bazaar.

“(The bazaar) is our single biggest giving event of the year,” said Kimberly Laska, executive director of the Heritage Humane Society.

Barbara Streb, a chairwoman on the Humane Society’s Christmas Bazaar Board, said there are no vendors at the event. Instead, all of the items for sale were handmade by volunteers, so all the profits go straight to the shelter.

“We have handmade items for pets and people,” Laska said.

Some of these items include hand knitted dog sweaters, jewelry and trinket boxes, gift baskets for four- and two-legged friends and raffle prizes.

In addition to handmade crafts and baked goods, there will be gourmet soups for sale. Laska said each soup package will include a pint of soup made by one of the top restaurants in Williamsburg, bread from Panera and a bowl for $25.

This year’s soups will come from: A Chef’s Kitchen, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill, Blue Talon Bistro, Carrot Tree Kitchen, Creative Cuisines, DoG Street Pub, Fat Canary, Food for Thought, Francesco’s, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, Le Yaca, Opus 9, The Trellis, Two Rivers Country Club, Victoria’s and Waypoint Seafood Grill.

If you can’t make it out to the bazaar, another way to help the Humane Society is through its Fur Tree fundraiser where donors can buy a bow in honor of a pet or pet lover to be placed on a tree in front of Mermaid Books. Bows can be ordered at

Want to attend?

The Christmas Bazaar will go from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Bruton Parish Hall on 331 W. Duke of Gloucester St. Entrance to the bazaar is free. For more information visit

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