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On July 23, 2015 the McKinney Young Professionals completed their annual Christmas in July Toy Drive. The project was led by Jennifer Jackson of First United Bank. Under her leadership, the group had its most successful toy drive ever with the collection of almost 400 toys and over $2,300 in cash and gift cards!

The toys and monetary donations collected through this drive are critical to continue to supply the demand of our increasingly growing demand with children in foster care served via CASA of Collin County. While expressing her sincere appreciation and gratitude for the gifts we received at the quarterly McKinney Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Susan Etheridge, CASA of Collin County’s Executive Director, told the story of Miranda, and the impact a recent gift has made in her life.

Miranda is a 5-year-old girl that has been sexually abused by her father since she was two. She was non-verbal. After she was removed from her home, she had a visit from her CASA volunteer. Knowing that Miranda was non-verbal, the CASA volunteer gave her a doll. She told Miranda that it was her doll and she could keep it forever. Miranda instantly hugged the doll and said, “I will take care of you, and love you forever, and if anyone ever hurts you, tell me and I promise I will believe you.”

Because of the generous support of the McKinney residents, children like Miranda now have a friend. While a doll might seem simple, Miranda is making strides towards a full recovery.

McKinney Young Professionals Christmas in July Toy Drive.
McKinney Young Professionals Christmas in July Toy Drive.

Thank you to following businesses that served as drop off locations: Emerson Process Management, First United Bank, McKinney Chamber of Commerce, Sheraton McKinney Hotel, and the Tucker Hill Community. We also would like to thank everyone who contributed to this toy drive and make it such an incredible success!

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County is a non-for-profit agency affiliated with Texas CASA and National CASA. CASA of Collin County, founded in 1991, is highly regarded in the legal community and one of the most respected agencies in the area, enjoying a cooperative working relationship with all of the social service agencies involved in each abuse case. CASA is appointed by the District Courts to advocate for 100% of the abused children in Collin County.

CASA’s mission is to train and support community volunteers to become child advocates. These passionate advocates are court-appointed as the Guardian Ad Litem for children who have been placed in protective custody of Child Protective Services because of abuse and neglect. The advocate is there to determine what is in the best interest of the child. An advocate commits to one case at a time, conducts his or her own independent investigation and affords the judge a unique and comprehensive picture of the child’s situation and provides an informed recommendation for permanent placement of this child.

CASA’s advocacy is provided at no cost to the court, community or families we serve. Only through the collective generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and organizations can CASA fulfill its mission of providing the highest standard of advocacy for Collin County’s most vulnerable children.

Please visit casaofcollincounty.org for more information on how you can make a difference in the life of a child – right here, in Collin County.

 

About CASA of Collin County

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Collin County advocates for the best interest of children in foster care. Since 1994, we have served 100 percent of the abused and neglected children removed from their homes in Collin County. Within 24 hours of the removal, CASA is appointed by District Court Judges as the child’s guardian ad litem. As the child’s official voice in court, CASA works tirelessly to make sure the child (and parents) receives the services needed and the child’s case moves through the system as quickly as possible. The goal is for each child to be reunited with family if appropriate or to be placed in a safe and loving forever home if reunification is not possible. For more information, visit casaofcollincounty.org.