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Westminster Paws of Plenty fundraiser exceeds goal, supports those struggling through coronavirus pandemic

The inaugural Paws of Plenty exceeded its fundraising goal in support Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown during its Nov. 28 event in Westminster.

More than $1,300 along with 97 pounds of personal care items were collected for the local nonprofit organization, said Hanna Perez, who helped conceive of the event. The original fundraising goal was $500.

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Perez, an executive assistant at the Keller Williams Legacy real estate group, said when her team leader recently asked for help in making a fundraising project, she suggested it involve pets.

The creation had to be “something that we’re passionate about and to be able to give back to the community,” Perez said. Her first thought was something that would help the hungry, then Perez turned to her love for animals.

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People who attended the event and donated to the cause got an opportunity to pose for free holiday photos with their pets.

Community Crisis Center gives back to those in need by way of emergency food items, personal hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, financial workshops, and information or referrals to other area services, according to its website. Perez said CCC is experiencing a 400% increase in people who need help amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Paws of Plenty fundraiser took place Nov. 28 in Westminster and raised more than $1,300 for Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown. The inaugural event, created by Liberty High School grad Hanna Perez, also collected 97 pounds of personal care items for the center. People who attended and donated had a chance to get a free holiday photo taken with their pets.
The Paws of Plenty fundraiser took place Nov. 28 in Westminster and raised more than $1,300 for Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown. The inaugural event, created by Liberty High School grad Hanna Perez, also collected 97 pounds of personal care items for the center. People who attended and donated had a chance to get a free holiday photo taken with their pets. (Courtesy Photo)

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