For most children in foster care, Halloween costumes do not make the list of essentials. That’s why when CASA volunteer Cortney LaMere heard her daughters Girl Scout Troop was hosting a Halloween costume drive, she knew just the agency to donate to. “I’ve been collecting my children’s costumes for over eleven years, many of them have only been worn once,” stated LaMere. “Donating the costumes is about giving children in foster care the same experiences and childhood memories as their peers.”

In Girl Scouts, girls are encouraged to complete several community and take-action projects throughout the year. “We strongly encourage the girls to explore topics they have never experienced themselves,” said Katy Ruiz, troop leader. “It’s about understanding how each of them can make a difference. The girls felt it was important to donate their gently used costumes to other children who might otherwise go without.”

Grace Ruiz, 11, a Scout from Troop 283, was excited to donate her costume from last year. “I feel every child should have at least one night where they don’t have to worry about being left out and can be happy. My costume will help them do that.”

The troop donated more than thirty new and gently used costumes.

For more information contact Crystal Moreno, Recruiting and Training Manager at 805-739-9102 ext 2594 or email