Friday morning First United Methodist Church will be filled with people following the aroma of freshly baked sweets to the annual fundraiser to support abused and neglected children.
The Lake Country Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Cookie Walk is a long standing Hopkins County tradition, offering as many sweets as you care to carry out for the low rate of $5 per pound. The CASA Cookie walk begins Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. and will continue until noon, or all the cookies are sold, whichever comes first. Just grab a container upon entering the Family Life Center at FUMC, mix and match selecting whatever cookies desired, take them to the weigh-in counter.
Cookie connoisseurs with a craving for a particular flavor or treat will want to get there early as specialty treats go especially fast. The cookie fund-raiser officially closes at noon, but people wanting to stock up on sweet snacks are encouraged to arrive early as they usually go fast.
All cookies are donated, prepared either by CASA volunteers and board members, civic groups and clubs, and community members – and are mouth-watering good.
“We usually have lots of yummy cookies,” said Lake Country CASA Executive Director Gina Law. “If a group or individual wants to do some cookies to donate, we’d be just tickled to have them. Just bring them by the CASA office the day before.”
All proceeds from the Cookie Walk will go to help Hopkins County children represented by Lake Country CASA. The funds go toward those little extras CASA’s children can’t afford, and provides additional funding to keep the program going and for training of volunteers to represent children and office supplies.
As of Nov. 30, Lake Country CASA was entrusted to serve 120 children in it’s four county service area, 55 of them from Hopkins County.
“Some are removed for financial reasons — some parents just need a little help getting their kiddoes back. Others are in bad, even dangerous situations,” Law explained.
While the program does not have quite as many children on its list this year as in some past years — a good thing considering that means fewer children in the area removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect — current reports project more children will be entrusted to CASA by the end of the year, according to Law.
More volunteers to act serve as advocates for children in court via the CASA program and people willing to open their homes and serve as foster parents are always welcomed and needed.
“If someone wants to volunteer to become a CASA, we can do a class at any time. I encourage people, if they’ve thought about being a foster parent, to notify us at CASA or Child Protective Services. Anything they can do helps with support and care of these children,” Law said.
For more information about CASA, the cookie walk or volunteering, call 903-885-1173.
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