This year’s Christmas at CASA has been the biggest yet! We brought in over a thousand gifts for nearly 500 local kids in need. If you came to our office anytime during December, you could feel the love and support we recieved by witnessing the mountains of toys throughout the building. Thank you to our amazing community who teamed up to help provide Christmas gifts for our CASA children. We had support from Operation South Jersey, Cooks Cleaners, Bridgeton AmeriCorps, Bethany Grace Community Church, Cumberland Insurance Group, Peace Love Yoga, MatchBack, Yuenge Grace: Diamonds in the Rough, Millville Yogo Factory, Salem Bar Association, SNJ Today, The Masters of Magic and Fun, Soroptimist International of Cumberland County, Gloucester County Courthouse Probation Office and the 70+ individuals who donated!
This year we held a “wrapping party” where we invited our volunteers and friends in our community to come out, eat some good food from Carmelo’s, and help us wrap presents for our CASA kids. The day was a success! A special thank you to SNJ Today for coming out and covering the story! Make sure to “Like” our Facebook page if you hope to help in future CASA of CGS events!
The stockings are hung, by the chimney with care, in hopes that…In hopes of what? For many children who have been placed into the foster care system, they have come from homes where there was no Christmas, there was no hope. They have come from families that did not celebrate a holiday. They have come from environments where there were no presents, no tree. They have come from homes where there was not holiday joy or love.
Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, Kwanzaa; these are times that can be extremely difficult for many foster children. During this time of Holiday Cheer, many foster children are faced with the realization that they will not be “home for the holidays,” so to speak, with their biological family members. When they wake up Christmas morning, and are surrounded by people who just may be strangers to them, strangers who are laughing and having fun, it can be a very difficult time for them, indeed. To be sure, it is a day that is a stark reminder to these children that they are not with their own family.
The children we serve have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect and placed into foster care. As a way to bring some joy, we love to give gifts to each and every CASA child we serve to help brighten their day. We are so fortunate for our community who steps it up every year and makes this happen! This year we almost doubled the amount that we brought in last year and it’s humbling to know we have such an amazing support system in our community.