CASA of West Texas holds annual toy drive

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The CASA of West Texas held its annual toy drive Friday at the Walmart of Loop 250 in Midland. People in the Basin were helping foster care children have a memorable Christmas, one gift at a time.

To me it’s a God send. I have Grandkids … it’s all about what they get but these kids really appreciate it. I think it’s phenomenal what they do

Margaret Perez

Just feel that kids shouldn’t be without something on CHristmas morning. Not everyone can afford to buy their children so this is a great way to donate to the community to make sure the kids have what they need

Rachel Simmons

The toy drive benefits kids ages 0-18, but the elder children are often neglected when it comes to presents.

A lot of our older children get neglected unfortunately. They already feel neglected in this whole process… then when Christmas comes around they don’t get a lot. They don’t have a lot to begin with and genuinely get forgotten

Hope Stalder, Marketing Specialist for CASA

After speaking with donors, we found it was personal for a lot of them.

Just because I was in foster care for several years and I didn’t have a good experience. It’s just money it doesn’t mean a whole lot to me, but to a kid that has nothing or doesn’t even have family right now, one simple present can make the difference between being really happy for several months and feeling like no one cares.

Emerald Ramirez

Many CASA volunteers also know first-hand how much this benefits the children.

This is so personal for me because I adopted three children, two of which were in CASA of West Texas so I’ve seen first hand how wonderful CASA and the ytoy drives help make Christmas for our children and I want that for every other child in care

Katie Stephens, Volunteer supervisor for CASA

I’m an adopted chiuld, my mother wasn’t able to take care of me so this is incredinly personal for me

Sally May, Child advocate

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