December 11, 2017

Community works together to brighten the season for children in foster care

As the clock ticks down the days leading to Christmas, Santa and his helpers were out in full force on Sunday, December 10, delivering gifts to children at the annual CASA of Santa Barbara County Christmas Party held at Hotel Corque in Solvang. Hotel Corque was transformed into a winter wonderland for the children and their volunteer advocates, complete with Christmas Bingo, bite-sized snacks, a special appearance by Santa, and a fun sing-along!

Though they may not be elves, several community business organizations and individuals lent a hand this holiday season by donating hundreds of gifts for children in the Santa Barbara County foster care system. With help from the community, CASA was able to give the children just what they asked for this year.

“We want to make certain that there is something special for every child we serve, and even those who currently do not have a CASA volunteer,” said Kim Colby Davis, Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County. “We worked with CASA volunteers and social workers to learn what the kids’ wished for this year, and then turned to the community.” CASA could not accomplish this without the extraordinary generosity of American General Media, DenMat, Department of Child Support, Guild Mortgage, Laguna Blanca School, Lockheed Martin, Montecito Bank and Trust, Mountain View School, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Wavgroup, and other individuals and groups!

“Being able to provide Christmas gifts to the children we serve gives them a sense of hope,” said Davis. CASA volunteers work year-round, developing trust, friendships, and a healthy adult relationship with the child they serve. That child’s safety and well-being is their number one priority. “It is my personal wish that every child has a CASA volunteer by next Christmas.”

If you would like to donate a gift this holiday season to the children CASA serves, please visit the Kids’ Fund page online at sbcasa.org/donation-form. For more information about CASA of Santa Barbara County or information on volunteering, please contact Crystal Sullins at (805) 739-9102 ext. 2594 or email volunteer@sbcasa.org.