Letter: Santa's helpers

January 15, 2014 

I'm case manager for Benton-Franklin CASA-Guardian ad Litem Program, which recently held its 12th annual Christmas Stocking Project, providing gifts to more than 300 foster children in the Tri-Cities. We could not have accomplished this without the amazing generosity of a great number of caring individuals and organizations in our community. Because of their kindness, the holiday season was made brighter for these children, who are in the dependency system through no fault of their own.

Our wonderful donors include the Smart, Connell, Childers and Verhulp law firm, city of Richland employees, Battelle's For the Love of Giving program, Tri-City Industrial Kiwanis, Washington State Quarterhorse Association, The Delta Key Club, Tri-City Young Lawyers Association, Benton County Auditor's Office staff, CASA/GAL volunteers, Benton-Franklin Counties Superior Court judges and Juvenile Justice Center employees.

Columbia Community Church provided us with a large monetary donation from the proceeds of its Children's Consignment Sale. Louise Hafer and friends donated handmade Christmas stockings.

Our greatest thanks go to the incredible child advocates who selflessly volunteer their time and talents on behalf of the children they represent. These volunteers served as Santa, delivering gift bags to the children on their case loads.


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