Gift Drive Benefiting CASA for Children

Help a foster child smile!

Imperial Sprinkler Supply will be holding a charity gift drive throughout the month of April. Your donation will help lessen some of the trauma of a child’s court experience and add a bit of comfort to their ordeal.

CASA of Orange County is the sole source for the toys and books that line the rooms of the Dependency Court. For most children, attending court can be a traumatic experience, and all of the Judges and other court staff love being able to offer the child an opportunity to grab a toy off the walls of the courtroom and hopefully lessen some of the trauma of whatever was discussed in court that day.

POPULAR DONATION ITEMS
• Drawing, Craft, or Art Kit
• Scrap Books & supplies
• Lego sets
• Remote Control Car
• Stuffed Animals
• Jewelry or Jewelry Box
• Headphones & ear buds
• Purse or wallet
• Science Kits
• Diaries & Books
• Household items
• Make-up, cosmetics
• Hair products, lotions Drawing, Craft, or Art Kit

• Scrap Books & supplies
• Lego sets
• Remote Control Car
• Stuffed Animals
• Jewelry or Jewelry Box
• Headphones & ear buds
• Purse or wallet
• Science Kits
• Diaries & Books
• Household items
• Make-up, cosmetics
• Hair products, lotions

Gustavo's Story

CASA of Orange County

When I became his CASA in August 2010 and read the accounts of his removal from his mother and grandmother, I was horrified. He and four sisters had been the subject of at least 7 reports to Child Protective Services – beginning when he was an 8-month old infant. The last report resulted in the removal of all the children. At first, the case seemed hopeful. All the siblings, except an infant, were placed in the same foster home. The foster mother was a warm, nurturing, competent woman who created a safe and accepting environment in her lovely home. The children adored her, especially 7-year old Gustavo. I visited Gustavo once a week, with outings to our favorite park, the library, McDonalds, and occasionally the zoo or science center. He was learning to read, and enjoyed playing with Legos.

Gustavo is twelve now, and lives with his father, new stepmother and baby sister. His story is one of shocking child cruelty, devastating losses, resilience, and transformation. Family Connections made it possible for Gustavo to have a life beyond foster care and institutionalization, in a home where he is loved and where he knows he belongs. Now, Gustavo has a chance.