Help Make the Holidays Special for a Child in the Foster Care System!
Christmas is a time to celebrate with family and friends, sharing gratitude for the joys and gifts life has brought us. For the more than 400,000 foster children across the United States who won’t be home this Christmas, the holiday won’t mean the same. Whether abused, neglected or abandoned, these children are lost in the complex child welfare system, moving from house to house and school to school. For so many reasons, they may not see their parents, siblings, or any family or friends this holiday. If you visit the Haven Properties Gallery at 1039 Marsh Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, you will notice a very special holiday tree decorated with CASA Gift Tags.
CASA of SLO advocates for local children in the foster care system that might not receive presents during the this holiday season by giving them your donated holiday gifts. While at the Gallery, choose a gift tag from our tree, purchase one or more of the gifts on the tag and return it back to us by December 16th. A CASA advocate will pick up the presents and give them to the children so they can celebrate Christmas.
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association represents a network of 950 programs that recruits, trains, and supervises the more than 76,000 volunteers who, last year, advocated for more than 251,000 abused, neglected, and abandoned children. These volunteers place an urgency on each child’s right to have a safe and permanent home, giving them the opportunity to thrive. If you are interested in learning more about CASA or becoming a volunteer in our community, please visit www.SLOCASA.org.