Photos of pets with Santa to help children

Proceeds to benefit program at VCU's MCV Hospitals

RICHMOND, Va. – Pack up your pet for a visit with St. Nick. Photo sessions of your pet with Santa Claus will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at the Shops at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Dr.

Proceeds from the photo sessions will benefit Paws for Health, a non-profit pet visitation program at the Children’s Medical Center at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. The program uses trained community volunteers and their dogs to visit children who are hospitalized.

Hayes the Art of Photography is donating its services to produce 5x7 prints that will be available immediately. Each print will cost $10. For more information, call (804) 282-5198.

About VCU and VCU Medical Center

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see