More than 160 children and their families, dressed in pajamas, visited Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center in Albion May 1 to welcome newborn farm animals (also in pajamas), give back to their community, and honor the legacy of Cassidy Charette at the annual ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & PJ Party.
The event featured hands-on educational sessions, including teaching kids how to milk a cow, fetch eggs from a real chicken coop, spin lamb’s wool, and stretch out at goat yoga, according to a news release from the ShineOnCass Foundation.
Children were able to hold the newborn babies, learn how to care for them, and experience a working, organic farm.
Hart-to-Hart Farm is a family owned and operated organic dairy farm that offers a variety of summer educational programs for children, adults and families. The event is held each year in memory of Cassidy Charette, an Oakland teen who died in a hayride accident in 2014. Cassidy, known for her kindness as an active community volunteer, was also passionate about caring for animals as a long-time summer camper at Hart-to-Hart Farm.
Families attending the event donated more than $400 and a truckload of food and pet items gifted to Humane Society Waterville Area in honor of Charette, who was also a shelter volunteer.
For information about Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center, visit hart2hartfarm.org.
To learn more about the ShineOnCass Foundation, visit shineoncass.org.