Christmas is a season of giving, and many groups work hard to give to those in need. It is the belief of the hardworking volunteers at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) that every child deserves to feel the warmth that Christmas can bring.

This season they have been hard at work with their annual Christmas Project. The project is designed to provide Christmas presents for children who are in the foster care system.
Those who would like to participate can do so by stopping by the CASA office in DeRidder or Leesville, and getting a child in foster care’s “Christmas Wish List.”

Once the gifts have been purchased they can be brought back to the CASA office unwrapped to be given to the child.

The idea of sponsoring a child in foster care is to not only help the child but to remind the community about the struggles that many children in the foster care system face.

“Our hope is that through The Christmas Project our community members have an opportunity to help CASA. This is another way that our children are reminded that they are loved and are so very important.” CASA of West CenLa Director Tommy Edwards said.

The project has been active for over a decade now and is something that the CASA volunteers look forward to every year.

CASA is always looking to train more volunteers in their ongoing efforts to help children in need. CASA is a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.

CASA of West CenLA serves both Beauregard and Vernon Parishes and during their last tracking period, they increased their trained volunteers by 10.

They are actively recruiting community members who are interested in joining. They are looking for new people to train in 2019.