CASA Celebrates With Santa

On a cool and damp Sunday afternoon, December 9th, the annual Van Buren County CASA/foster children Christmas party was held in Fairfield Bay. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were the specially-invited guests, arriving via a fire truck. As an outreach to our locale, the Christian Mission Group from Peace Lutheran Church (Edgemont) sewed 50+ Christmas stockings as gifts for the children. Kristi Edwards, a CASA advocate and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans member, was awarded a grant for this Hands-On project. The monies were used to purchase “stuffers” for the children’s gift stockings. The stuffing was done by Thrivent members from Peace Lutheran Church. CASA (stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide hope, healing and justice for abused and neglected children in the community. A CASA Advocate is more than an unpaid volunteer –they complete 30 hours of training and become a sworn officer of the court. In the time of family upheaval, a CASA advocate promotes stability and consistency for the children’s sake. Advocates from this reading area are needed to meet the growing number of local children involved in the court process of family issues. Phone the CASA office in Clinton (501-745-3038) for more information. Pictured are Mrs. Claus (Kristi Edwards), Santa Claus, and Debra Lance, CASA Volunteer Coordinator.

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