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Passport To Sandy Hook Event Boosts Businesses In Newtown

The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs — including this one dressed as a bee — are a popular sight at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs — including this one dressed as a bee — are a popular sight at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Kids enjoy old-fashioned games at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Kids enjoy old-fashioned games at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The Passport to Sandy Hook event is fun for the whole family.
The Passport to Sandy Hook event is fun for the whole family. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs draw a crowd at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs draw a crowd at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Shoppers of all sizes enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Shoppers of all sizes enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
People and pups alike enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event last Saturday.
People and pups alike enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event last Saturday. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Shoppers of all ages enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Shoppers of all ages enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Real estate agent Andy Sachs and the Around Town Team are set up at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Real estate agent Andy Sachs and the Around Town Team are set up at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
A Newtown-Strong Therapy Dog in training takes in the action at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
A Newtown-Strong Therapy Dog in training takes in the action at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Live music is part of the fun at at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Live music is part of the fun at at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs are a popular attraction at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity.
The Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs are a popular attraction at the sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event held by the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Face-painting is part of the fun at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Face-painting is part of the fun at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Shoppers of all ages enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Shoppers of all ages enjoy the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Chaz from the Chaz and AJ Show on 99.1-FM WPLR plays music and games at the Newtown event.
Chaz from the Chaz and AJ Show on 99.1-FM WPLR plays music and games at the Newtown event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Taking a peek out at the crowds at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Taking a peek out at the crowds at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Taking a peek out at the crowds at the Passport to Sandy Hook event.
Taking a peek out at the crowds at the Passport to Sandy Hook event. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Crowds of shoppers made their way around the area and stopped in at each store as the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity hosted its sixth annual Passport to Sandy Hook event last Saturday.

The sunny day turned cold and wet, but that didn't dampen the spirits of participants.

Shoppers were given a map of the area, with a goal of visiting each local shop and getting that passport stamped. Once all the stamps were collected, shoppers headed back to the starting table to collect a prize for a job well done.

This event promotes the many businesses and stores throughout town.

"It was nice to see all the shops open and see the community come together," Anne Charoky said of the event.

One of the popular sights at the event was that of the Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs spotted roaming along the sidewalks with their caretakers. Many of the dogs were in Halloween costumes — including one dressed as a bumblebee that stood out the most.

"It was so cute to see the doggy dressed as a bee," said Joshua Miller.

Many activities were offered throughout the event, including games, prizes, food, music, family fun, discounts, samples, and more. The food pantry was also open for residents to drop off donations to help those in need.

Chaz from the Chaz and AJ Show on 99.1-FM WPLR was also on-hand, offering games and playing music for entertainment. Unclaimed Baggage was one of the bands playing live music on the sidewalk.

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