Kiwanis supports CASA with donation

Published 9:08 pm Sunday, September 20, 2015

Special to The Leader

ORANGE — Local foster children had some summer fun recently thanks to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Orange, Texas.

The group donated $550 to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for the summer celebration that included waterslides, a bounce house, and food. Kiwanians were also on hand to help cook hot dogs and links and serve refreshments.

“The reaction on the children’s faces was priceless. They couldn’t believe it,” said Nikki Jones, CASA’s Executive Director.

Nearly 70 foster children attended the fun day and many received gifts of dolls, action figures, board games, sports equipment and gift cards. Twenty children received tricycles purchased by participants of the 2015 “Christmas in July” Adult Tricycle Racing Tournament that was coordinated by the American Legion Post 49.

All children also received backpacks filled with school supplies.

“The continued support of the Kiwanis and our local community allows us to improve the quality of life for these deserving children on an everyday basis,” Jones added.

Kiwanis Club President Johnny Trahan said, “Kiwanis is proud to support CASA’s fun day for the second time. The CASA Program aligns perfectly with the Kiwanis Club’s mission of serving the children of the world. We hope to establish a long-term partnership with CASA in order improve the lives of the children in our community.”