By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – COVID-19 prevented CASA of the Rolling Plains from having its biggest fundraiser, so the nonprofit needs the public’s help to provide Christmas for kids in the foster care system.
“Due to us having to cancel our biggest fundraiser because of COVID, we are asking for donations, gift cards or toys for our littles (0-2) and our tweens and teenagers (11-18),” said Jamie Hall, program director at CASA of the Rolling Plains. “The Ritz in Wellington does a toy drive for us in December, but we don’t generally get toys for those two age groups.”
To make it easier on donors, Hall created a wish list on Amazon. It includes card games, social skills and therapy games, learning toys and cornhole toss games.
Hall said those who would like to donate can find the Amazon wish list at https://a.co/6onpe0i. It is also on the nonprofit’s Facebook page, which is www.facebook.com/CASAOfTheRollingPlains.
“The wish list has some ideas for our littles and wants from our older kiddos,” Hall said. People can bring or mail their donations to the CASA of the Rolling Plains office at 2020 Country Club Dr. in Childress.
For those who are not familiar with CASA, its mission is to train volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the court system, and to ensure them a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.
In 1977, Judge David Soukup in Seattle, WA decided he needed to know more about the children whose lives were in his hands. His solution was to ask community volunteers to act as a ‘voice in court’ for abused and neglected children. These Court Appointed Special Advocates provided him with the detailed information he needed to safeguard the children’s best interests, its website states.
The program was so successful it was copied around the nation. According to the website, CASA has continued to serve abused and neglected children in Texas for 25 years, providing trained community volunteers for every child who is assigned to the program through the court.