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CASA Thanksgiving Drive! Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our valued community partners, Advocates for Children CASA has been able to provide the hundreds of children and families we work alongside with Thanksgiving Meal Baskets. This year, our organization is hoping to collaborate with CarePortal and the network of churches to help feed our families. Our mission is to improve the lives of children and youth who have experienced abuse, neglect, or other life challenges, by connecting them with volunteer advocates and activating community partnerships. If you and your church would like to assemble meal baskets for CASA families, please see the list of items below. Thank you for supporting local children and families!
Thanksgiving Meal Basket List
• Gift card for grocery store to buy turkey ($30)
• Turkey pan (large enough to serve as basket for all items below)
• Canned green beans
• Canned cream of mushroom soup
• Chicken Broth
• Fried onion bits
• Mac n’ cheese
• Canned Yams
• Mashed Potatoes (boxed)
• Canned Corn
• Rice (any kind)
• Gravy (jar or packet)
• Cranberry Sauce
• Cooking oil (i.e. olive oil)
• Flour (bag)
• Sugar (bag)
• Cake or some other dessert fixings. *If you have any questions about Advocates for Children CASA or our Thanksgiving Meal Program, please respond to this request to connect with Ben Simonds.*
We would love to start receiving baskets Monday, November 13th at our office (16965 Pine Ln Suite 120, Parker, CO 80134). Here is a PDF with shopping list & info
Location: Parker, CO 80134-County:Douglas-Children Served: 100-Adults Served: 100-Agency: #Advocates for Children CASA-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$3750
Kin provider is a single mother of three children and she took in three children and she is in need of wall dividers to make space and make it feel like home for the kids. We are in need of dresser to provide storage for their clothes.
Wall Divider for Bedroom: $33.00
Dresser for Child : $34.00
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 3-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$80
This mother is immensely struggling. We have begun working with this family and have to come to find the conditions they are living in are less than ideal. Currently, the two children and mother are on the floor as they await beds we have ordered. We are hoping to find someone to support the family with 3 complete sets of bedding and pillows. With the colder months quickly approaching we want to provide some warmth and comfort as soon as possible as we continue to address other concerns. We are happy to receive monetary support and purchase through Amazon or we can work with you and direct you to the items online for purchase. Thank you so much for the consideration and support!
Location: Aurora, CO 80011-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Advocates for Children CASA-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$150
I am working with three children (13, 6, and 4) who are placed with their maternal grandparents who plan to adopt them in the near future.
The 13 y/o is in eighth grade and his school is going on a class trip in May of 2024 to Washington D.C. and New York. My kiddo has never expressed interest in much and he is often shut down and does not like engaging in activities like this, but he has expressed a high interest in going on this class trip. He lost his mother to an overdose about three months ago, so all of us are very excited to see him coming out of his shell a bit more since this difficult loss. The cost is about $2000 and the family understands the cost is a lot and will make whatever payments they need. Any assistance in funding this trip would be appreciated by myself and the family! I put $50 in the needs box, but any amount is appreciated.
Location: Englewood, CO 80112-County:Douglas-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$50
I am working with two boys (16 mo. and 5 years) who are placed with their grandparents. Their grandparents recently moved into a new home and are looking for some assistance with furniture. Right now, grandmother does not work as she quit her job to stay at home with the kids. I am seeking any assistance with furniture items to help them out to avoid additional costs.
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80109-County:Douglas-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$745
I am working with a mom and dad of a 8 mo. old baby. Dad has been without a cell phone for the duration of this case which has caused a lot of barriers to being in compliance with treatment and with communication. He has attempted to get the one he has fixed, but this has not worked. He is also unable to work at this time due to not having a copy of his birth certificate (which has to be requested from Puerto Rico). To assist with the cost of this phone/service and help him with case compliance, I am requesting a cell phone and about a months' worth of service. The phone does not need to be fancy, just enough to help him email and call people. Walmart offers pre-paid phones and Verizon unlimited talk/text gift cards (about $40).
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80104-County:Douglas-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$150
I am working with a mother of a three-year old. Mom is single and working full time to make ends meet. She recently dropped her phone which caused the screen to shatter. She needs her phone to communicate with professionals and to know about important dates related to this case. To get the screen replaced will cost her about $200, which she does not have right now. I am asking for a replacement phone so that she can be compliant with her case requirements and to avoid costing her too much money at this time. The phone does not need to be fancy, just something she can check emails, make calls, and send texts on!
Location: Parker, CO 80138-County:Douglas-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$75
Our initial report was due to the 4 year old being near a busy street without supervision. Mom stated that child needs the safety proofing door locks as she has figured out how to unlock the door. Mom is a single mom with a 4 year old and a 2 year old.
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$10
Mom is is unemployed and struggling with bills for housing, and cannot afford to provide the children with essential winter items.
clothing for children: sizes 8boys, 5t boys, girl 5t and winter boots sizes boys 11, boys 2.5, and girl 9. Family is requesting winter coats and boots
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
Biomother endured a very serious domestic violence incident recently and is a bit behind financially. Biomother has 5 children who are very lovely. Biomother could use some additional support this month with food. This could be in the form of a King Soopers or Walmart gift card or she is willing to send a grocery list to a donner.
Location: Parker, CO 80134-County:Douglas-Children Served: 5-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$250
A kinship caregiver took two young children into their home. With fall and winter approaching, the kids are in need of winter coats and winter clothing size 5T, snow boots size 11, hats and gloves. There is one male and one female so both gender items are needed. The female could also use some winter pajamas, size 5T. Purchasing of items or gift cards so the children can pick some of these items for themselves would be ideal.
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80109-County:Douglas-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
Kinship provider with 3 bio kids now has a new infant in their home and care. They are requesting the following:
Package of sized 2 Mama Bears or Natural Diapers
Honest Brand Wipes
Gift cards to assist with winter baby clothing
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80108-County:Douglas-Children Served: 4-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$300
We have size 3 Mama Bear Diapers. We do not have any Honest diapers or wipes right now. The client is welcome to come “shop” in our boutique-style Community Resource Room for infant clothing and other baby care items at no cost. Please have the client call the office of Colorado Christian Services to arrange a time to come pick up.
Family of 6 needs help getting car seats for young children. Father of children works full time and mom is staying home with younger children until she can find affordable childcare. They are living on a very tight budget and can't afford to buy car seats that fit their children better as they have grown out of the ones they have. They need a booster seat and a toddler car seat.
Location: Castle Rock, CO 80104-County:Douglas-Children Served: 2-Adults Served: 2-Agency: #Douglas County Department of Human Services-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$245
We are working with a family that has a 14-year-old girl who we got involved with about a year ago due to neglect while living with her adoptive mother. While we were involved, we were able to track down her birth mother who hadn't seen her daughter in ten years and was able to take her daughter back, which the young girl is incredibly happy about. The daughter does have some socioemotional issues and can become escalated behind closed doors. We want to provide an outlet at home and a hobby that she has been interested in participating in. We are hoping to provide a boxing bag and some gloves for her to utilize during these moments and overall, for her mental and physical health. If you are willing to provide, I will direct you to the right bag and gloves on Amazon. Thank you so much!
Location: Parker, CO 80134-County:Douglas-Children Served: 1-Agency: #Advocates for Children CASA-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$75
This child is currently safety planned to his sister's home and will be transitioning home to his mother soon. A bike will help him get to school and sports practice when his mother and sister are at work.
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 1-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$200
The Loftis family's basement flooded unexpectedly. The basement is where the children's toys and clothes were stored, so all of their clothes and toys were ruined. There are 8 children in the household and as this was an unexpected tragedy, Adora does not have the finances to buy 8 children new clothes and toys.
Clothes in various sizes: girls, 3T, 5T, and 6T; Size 5 in women's clothes; M/L shirts in women's; Boys: sizes 5T, 6T, 10, 9; size 32x34 men's pants, XL men's shirts; shoes: girls, 8.5, 10.5, 8 women's; Boys: 13, 12, 2 youth, 3 youth, 12.5 men. Toys. If too many needs for clothes, gift cards to be able to purchase clothes/toys
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 8-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$800
This 18 year old mother has three children all under the age of 5 years old. She recently lost her job and is needing some assistance while looking for a new job. She does not own a crib or changing table for her baby and has asked for some help in getting one.
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$230
This family is composed of mom and 3 children. They just moved to CO to get away from a domestic violence relationship with the children's father. There are also concerns regarding someone in dad's family sexually abusing the children. Mom moved to CO to escape that as well. Mom has been working really hard to keep her children safe. Mom has been looking for jobs every day since she has been here and at the same time has been working to enroll her child into school, get therapy for her son, and apply for CCAP so that her youngest two children can have child care so she can work to support the family. Mom has not asked me for much help but she is struggling right now handling everything on her own. Mom is worried that she is going to lose her car because she owes $400 by the end of next week (on 9/22). Mom does not have money to pay this right now because with everything going on she has not yet been able to start working. Mom is still actively trying get a job and begin working as soon as possible. Mom is worried that if she looses her car, she will not be able to get to work, get her kids to school/daycare, or take her kids to their therapy. Mom has worked so hard to move away from an unsafe environment and assure that her kids are safe. I am looking to see if there is anyone who can help support her in paying the monthly pymt of $400 or the remaining balance of $2700.
Location: Aurora, CO 80012-County:Arapahoe-Children Served: 3-Adults Served: 1-Agency: #CO- Arapahoe County DHS-Tier 1: Physical Needs-Estimated Value:$400
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