This article was contributed by CASA of San Benito County.
Imagine for a moment having to spend the holidays away from your home and family. For the majority of foster children from our community, this is their reality. But with your help, CASA of San Benito County can make this time of the year much brighter for children most in need.
The annual 12 Days of Giving campaign returns December 1-12 to support organizations serving individuals, children and families in San Benito County: CASA of San Benito County, Chamberlain’s Youth Services, Community FoodBank of San Benito County, Emmaus House, and Sun Street Centers.
This unique campaign has been especially beneficial for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since 2008, CASA has hosted the Holiday Project, which provides gifts as well as essential-needs items such as winter coats, shoes, socks and undergarments, for every foster child ages 0-21 from San Benito County.
“The holidays can be an especially difficult time of the year for foster children,” said Executive Director Esther Curtice. “The impact of the gifts goes much further than the material value. They give children a sense of inclusion and pride.”
Funds received for the Holiday Project through the 12 Days of Giving are matched by generous campaign partners, sponsors, and supporters, and used to fill in the remaining needs of the Holiday Project, as well as children’s needs throughout the year.
“While we recognize gifts are not a replacement for being with their families during this special time of year, they do provide children with a sense of normalcy, and shows their community cares,” Curtice said.
To learn more about the 12 Days of Giving and CASA Holiday Project, please visit casasanbenito.org or contact CASA at (831) 637-4992.
*Matching funds for the 12 Days of Giving are made possible through our generous Partners, United Way of San Benito County and Taylor Farms; Sponsors: Anderson Homes, Brent Redmond Transportation, Community Foundation for San Benito County, Eden Housing, Graniterock, Hollister Pediatrics, K&S Properties, Recology, Teknova, True Leaf Farms, Women’s Club of Hollister; and Supporters: American Casting, Central Ag Supply, Corbin, Edward Jones/Alexis Winder, Greenwood Chevrolet, Heritage Bank of Commerce, and State Farm/Tracy Chappell.