‘Tis the season to be jolly and give back to the community. In that spirit Teddy Bear Portraits donated its services and photographed children with Santa at Ashley’s Place.n Saturday, December 3, 2016 Ashley’s Place held its 10th Annual Pictures with Santa event. Year after year, Ashley’s Place has been bringing holiday cheer to children and families by partnering with Teddy Bear Portraits to offer free portraits with Santa. Each family receives a free portrait package that includes (2) 5×7, (4) 3×5, (8) wallets and a Holiday FunPack. Donations are accepted to help Ashley’s Place and their important mission to support children affected by abuse.
“We are so grateful for Teddy Bear Portraits,” said Amy Burke-Salyers, Executive Director of Ashley’s Place. “Families look forward to pictures with Santa every year. It is nice to be able to watch children grow as they come back each year. We appreciate our community for the opportunity to enjoy the many smiles we get to share.”
“Nothing is more rewarding than capturing smiles from children, especially during such a magical time of the year,” said Katie Tackett, photographer with Teddy Bear Portraits. “I have only had the opportunity to photograph at Ashley’s Place for the past 2 years; however, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. It isn’t often I receive the opportunity to help out in such a big way through photography. Knowing that we’re capturing a special moment in time for children that might not otherwise get a picture with Santa is the best feeling.”
Ashley’s Place provides a welcoming environment for both children and adults. The Center is specifically designed to provide comfort to children and families throughout the investigative and treatment process in abusive situations.
Ashley’s Place is a non-profit organization in Gallatin, Tennessee that provides services to children and families when there are allegations of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse and/or witness to violence. The Center has a unique partnership with the District Attorney’s Office, The Department of Children’s Services, Sumner County Law Enforcement jurisdictions and Juvenile Court. This Multidisciplinary team works together for the detection, investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.