Cookie Walk on Friday will help CASA workers go the extra mile
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

CASA Executive Director Gina Law (front, right) says the annual Cookie Walk, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, lets volunteers help the children they serve with the little extras in life

File Photo by Angela Pitts

Nov. 26, 2006 - One way to help support Court Appointed Special Advocates is through the organization's annual CASA Cookie Walk, either by donating cookies for the sale or by purchasing some of the donated cookies for $5 a pound.

This year's Cookie Walk will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 1, in the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church. Containers will be provided.

Like the number of children being assisted by CASA, the amount of cookies donated and funding raised from the Cookie Walk has also continued to increase, thanks to the generous contributions of the community.

The Cookie Walk has become a community tradition, and one which many people look forward to. It's a great opportunity to meet CASA volunteers and staff, but to also stock up on tasty treats for the holidays (and often a great time to run into old friends).

The funds raised from the Cookie Walk help provide travel money for CASA volunteers to visit with the families and the children they are assigned to watch over. The funds also cover other expenses, such as training of new CASAs to both become good advocates for and to find good permanent placements for the children they represent.

And while the Hopkins County Child Protective Services Board is "really good" about providing allowances for the children, the Cookie Walk also helps provide those "little extras" the children would not be able to enjoy.

"A lot of times CASAs visit the families of the kids and see that one needs help with something, like getting a senior ring," Law said. "We can help with those little extras. This is for things above and beyond what they [CPS] can do," Law explained.

In the past, the Cookie Walk could be counted on to raise $1,300 to $1,800. Over the last four years, when more children than ever have needed CASAs, the community has continued to rise to the occasion, netting about $1,000 extra annually for CASA. Last year, the Cookie Walk brought in a whopping $5,506, a new and much-welcomed record.

For more information about CASA, volunteering to become a CASA or foster parents, or the Christmas Cookie Walk, call the Lake Country CASA office at 903-885-1173.

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