You can help make Christmas a little merrier for children in the 9th Judicial District who have experienced abuse, neglect, or being placed in foster care. Thankfully, these children have a caring Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer to help with the loneliness and uncertainty of foster care and adjusting to new schools.
But those volunteers and the Front Range CASA program need your help to ensure these children have the chance to heal and thrive.
The CASA “gifting tree” originated several years ago as a way to provide gifts and/or monetary donations to make life happier for these children.
With just two weeks until Christmas, the CASA “gifting tree” still has plenty of tags on it, said Mike Bruch of Edward Jones, who has been a longtime supporter of the Front Range CASA program.
Bruch teamed up with Billman’s Home Décor again this year to organize the CASA gifting tree.
“Throughout the year, the CASA program and volunteers end up paying for things like clothes, shoes, camps, school supplies and more for the youth in the program,” explained Bruch. Last year, 154 children were served by Front Range CASA.
“We thought if we listed all the different types of items CASA must provide these children, people would see how their donations are used to make these children’s lives a little happier all year,” he added.
While suggested donation amounts are placed on the tags, Bruch and the folks at Front Range CASA are thrilled to receive donations from the community in any amount.
“I’m surprised at the necessities some of these kids don’t have and I can’t thank the community enough for its generous support,” said Bruch.
The two items the CASA program is constantly in need of are diapers and wipes, continued Bruch. “We would gladly accept donations of disposable diapers and wipes and they can be dropped off at the Edward Jones office in Cut Bank and we’ll make sure they are delivered to where they are most needed,” assured Bruch.
Monetary donations can be dropped off at Billman’s Home Décor, 18 1st Ave. SW, or the Edward Jones office, 21 South Central.
“We are trying to give each kid a Christmas they don’t always get or may never get,” said Bruch, adding the program anticipates it will serve well over 90 youngsters over the next year.
For more information about the CASA Gifting Tree, contact Bruch at his Edward Jones office at 873-4184 or Executive Director Kiersta Sullivan at 406-576-7041.
“Please help us reach more children by making a gift today or contact us on how to become a volunteer and make a difference in the life of a child. Together, we can change a child’s story,” shared Sullivan.
For more information about CASA, you can check out their website at frontrangecasa.org.