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East Texas CASA Received a substantial donation of Blankets & Stuffed Animals From Delta Kappa Gamma Unifying Project
Longview, Texas (July 8, 2016) – East Texas CASA is pleased to announce that it recently received a substantial donation of blankets and stuffed animals from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.
“East Texas CASA is grateful for the gift from DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL and their support of CASA and the best interests of children in the child protection system,” said Shelly Smith, East Texas CASA Executive Director. “This generous contribution will help us make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children in our community.”
East Texas CASA is one of the 72 local CASA programs across the state that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the child protection system. CASA volunteers get to know these kids individually and develop an understanding of their unique physical, emotional and educational needs to make informed recommendations to the court about placements and services.
Last year, more than 66,500 Texas children were confirmed as victims of abuse and neglect, and more than 46,600 of these children were in the child protection system. About 25,900 of these children had a CASA volunteer to advocate for them.
CASA volunteers are everyday people doing extraordinary work by choosing to speak up for children in their communities. Often, they are the one constant presence in these children’s lives while they are in state care. Their mission is to help move these kids out of the overburdened system and into safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.
“CASA volunteers act as a voice for these children and ensure their needs while they are in the system,” said Smith. “Consider becoming a CASA volunteer, and give these kids the chance they deserve.”
For more information, visit www.EastTexasCasa.org or call (903) 753-8093.
DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL is an 86-year-old professional honor society for women educators with more than 100,000 members worldwide. The organization’s mission is to promote a professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.