The wonderfully generous community at the St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School made the holidays for CASA children that much more special once again. On December 11th, St. Matthew's held the 6th Annual Holiday Party for CASA Children and provided over 200 gifts for CASA children.
Leading up to the Holiday Party, the school invites CASA staff and a former foster youth to talk at a school-wide assembly about the foster care system and what it means to be a foster child. It's a tremendous learning opportunity for the St. Matthew's students, who leave the presentation with the understanding that some children have parents who at times in their lives aren't able to provide the basic security and care that every child needs. And it's an empowering experience for CASA's young adults, who are given an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges too many of our children and youth face.
The assembly provides the context for the students to understand why the Holiday Party and gift giving is so meaningful to CASA children. The party is organized by St. Matthew's parents and hosted at the school. Parents and students set up arts and crafts activity tables, provide home baked holiday goodies, and offer an opportunity to get a photo with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and an elf or two. This is a truly special event where the St. Matthew's and CASA community gather to share the holiday spirit.
St. Matthew's families also serve as secret Santas to our children and their siblings, by providing a majority of the over 200 gifts that CASA volunteers deliver to their children. Our volunteers have begun picking up these gifts this week and will be giving them to their children throughout the winter break.
This is a partnership that we cherish and look forward to maintaining throughout the years. Thank you St. Matthew's!