It was an early morning of shopping on December 9th at Kohl’s in Highlands Ranch, with the Centennial Rotary and Advocates for Children – CASA. However, the smiles and memories given to our kiddos were well worth the 5 am early morning alarm. For the 20 volunteer shoppers.
For the second year in a row the Centennial Rotary donated a $100 shopping spree to the CASA kiddos of Advocates for Children, also participating were kids from Boys Hope, Girls Hope Colorado and Thomas Jefferson High School. There were 90 kids total in this glorious shopping event. Many of these kids have never had the opportunity to go into a store and buy something new. We also found a few kids who have wanted Bronco paraphernalia and finally were able to have a real Broncos shirt.
“This event is so special to both the Rotarians and the kids who had the opportunity to participate, said Andrea Tagtow, Centennial Rotarian. For the observers and Rotarians this was an emotional and heartfelt experience watching each child as they carefully pick out their most treasured gift, boots, jeans, shoes and for some a gift for their brother or sister. I shopped with a 3 year old who requested ‘Elsa boots.’ Elsa is a character from Frozen. I was a little nervous about what our selection would be but wouldn’t you know that Kohls had several Elsa boots to choose from!! The little girl was SO happy while she tried on the boots and once she found the furriest, sparkliest pair they had she wore them for the rest of the morning, price tags and all!”
Advocates for Children, CASA is so thankful for the support and generosity from the Centennial Rotary and additional support from Highlands Ranch Noon and Sunrise Rotary and DTC Rotary.
“The Centennial Rotarians and Kohl’s have together made an enormous impact on 90 children who will have not only a Holiday because of their generosity but will remember this day as magic, said Executive Director for Advocates for Children, Peg Rudden. Foster kids often get lost in life, moving from home to home and school to school but on this day they were the star and the Rotarians made this possible.”
Advocates for Children is a non-profit that trains CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. 2015 marked Advocates for Children’s anniversary, during which time the agency has advocated for more than 15,000 kids and trained more than 5,000 volunteers. For more information please call 303-695-1882 or www.adv4children.org.