San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

December 20th, 2009
CASA overwhelmed by donors

STAFF REPORT

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CSAS) of Central Texas were pleasantly surprised at the response they received when they asked local organizations to gather toys for abused and neglected children in Hays, Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe Counties.

Each child in the CASA program created a wish list that was written on a big cutout paper star with her name on it. The CASA stars were distributed to several organizations so gifts could be purchased specifically for each child. Taken as a group, the organizations provided gifts for every child who requested one, serving more than 100 children.

The organizations responsible for the gifts included the New Braunfels Girl Scouts, Buda Methodist Church, Kyle United Methodist Church, American Veterans Post 104 of San Marcos and the Pan American Golf Association of San Marcos.

At an open house event where the CASA volunteers came to pick up the gifts for the children they serve, they were overwhelmed by the generous amount of toys that had been provided.

Additionally, gift cards for older children were donated by Marilyn Burrow, Sandy Keogh, Alice Oliver Parrott, Joyce and Daniel Ross, Jamie and Gary Seals and students at Rooster Springs Elementary School.

Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services determined that the CASA children were living in unsafe environments, they were removed from their homes. These youngsters will be spending their holidays in foster care or with family members who could take them in or in emergency care shelters. Even though some of these children have been placed with families, all of them have been through difficult situations and they may not be experiencing the happiness that is associated with this festive time of year.

CASA of Central Texas, Inc. advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system through recruiting training and supporting volunteers in the community. Those interested in volunteering or supporting CASA should contact the office at (512) 392-3578 or (830) 626-2272. More information is also available at www.casacentex.org.

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