TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The season for giving is quickly approaching, and one worthy local organization has its holiday fundraising well underway.
The Vigo County Court Appointed Special Advocates will be at Grand Traverse Pie Company until 6 p.m. Monday. Ten percent of all sales will be donated to CASA to help provide Christmas for abused and neglected children in Vigo County.
Vigo County CASA currently serves 1,087 children in the Wabash Valley, with another 104 on a waiting list for services.
Another way to help provide Christmas for these children in need is to become a CASA Elf. An angel tree is currently up in the Vigo County Annex building. Toy donations will be accepted until 2 p.m. Dec. 16 to be ready for the Holiday Whoville Jubilation that evening.
To prepare for the Jubilation, CASA is also accepting donations of socks with fun prints, hats and gloves, as well as art supplies such as coloring books, crayons and colored pencils.
Children aren’t the only ones being recognized by CASA this holiday season. A “Thanks for Giving” dinner basket raffle will be held through Nov. 25 with proceeds used to “support and thank” CASA volunteers.
CASA volunteers have clocked over 5,000 hours with the program this year alone, and have traveled 25,736 miles to help children in need.
The winner of the raffle will receive a dinner basket with all the items necessary for a full Thanksgiving meal: a turkey, roasting pan, dressing mix, potatoes, yams, marshmallows, rolls, pie, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy mix and even table service including Thanksgiving-themed plates and napkins.
A second basket will also be awarded to a CASA volunteer. Those who buy a raffle ticket will be asked to pick a number between one and 70. The winning ticket will provide a basket to the volunteer with the corresponding number.