Adults and children (and many pajama-clad baby goats) get some exercise under the sun during goat yoga May 1 at the ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower & PJ Party in Albion. Submitted photo

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.

Goat yoga instructor and ShineOnCass volunteer Chelsey Oliver is assisted by newborn baby goats at the ShineOnCass Animal Baby Shower on May 1 at Hart-to-Hart Farm in Albion. The event is held annually in memory of Cassidy Charette, who was a longtime summer camper there, before her passing in 2014. Submitted photo

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