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Local non-profit sets record with annual gift drive for foster youth

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 14:55:02-05

More than 600 gifts were donated to Santa Barbara County families and foster youth in need thanks to the organization CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Its annual "Christmas Wishes" drive saw record breaking donations including $6,565 in cash and gift card donations.

"We have been overwhelmed with the community's response to this year's event,"Executive Director Kim Colby Davis said. "When we started this years ago, we collected close to 100 gifts. Today, we are happy to announce that more than 600 gifts have been safely collected and donated to children in need this holiday season."

CASA partnered with Child Welfare Services and several other partner agencies to fill Christmas wishes for every child in the court's care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

"We could not do a project of this magnitude without the support of our wonderful community. We had more than 31 groups and individuals who organized and provided gifts for all of the children in care," said Davis.

To learn more about CASA, click here.