Giv­ing back to CASA at the hol­i­days

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - DEAR EDITOR:

What does it re­ally mat­ter?

That is a ques­tion I hear when we con­sider the needs of those in our com­mu­nity.

Over the last cou­ple of years, I’ve had the priv­i­lege of serv­ing on the Board for Polk/Har­al­son CASA and look for ways to sup­port those who sup­port and vol­un­teer with chil­dren in fos­ter place­ment.

Our church asked how we could help and be­gan mak­ing com­fort blan­kets for new youth go­ing into care. We learned that many ar­rive with sim­ply the clothes on their backs and maybe some per­sonal care items so we came up with the idea of mak­ing com­fort blan­kets that vol­un­teers could de­liver to them. Some­thing that would be­come their blan­ket. The first thing that would be given to them. Does a blan­ket re­ally mat­ter? Tau­rus is one of our CASA kids. A young teenager. Surely he would be too old to want or care for a silly blan­ket. When he re­ceived his, he quickly un­folded it and wrapped it around his shoul­ders. It was some­thing to call his own. Now ev­ery time his CASA ad­vo­cate vis­its, he has his blan­ket wrapped around his shoul­ders, draped over his chair or ly­ing on his bed.

It re­ally does mat­ter and we are so proud of our church part­ner Cedar­town First UMC and the time they take in cre­at­ing a lov­ing and thought­ful gift for our kids. It re­ally does mat­ter.

/ Con­tributed

CASA staff re­ceive an­other de­liv­ery of blan­kets from Cedar­town First United Methodist Church dur­ing a sea­son of giv­ing.

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