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Children's Advocates Ask for Helping Reaching Fund-Raising Goal

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Feb. 18, 2008 — The Pennies From Heaven coin-collection drive, sponsored by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), is nearing the final collection day a little short of the $25,000 goal.
CASA has collected $19,000, and asks businesses and community members for help in reaching its goal, said Gail R. Shearer, executive director. Hovensa has agreed to match its goal penny for penny, dollar for dollar.
The final collection day will be March 1. CASA will hold its traditional Sunny Isle Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the amphitheater area. The public is asked to bring donations of coins, bills, or checks to add to the final collection. There will be storytelling, face painting and balloons.
The funds are used to support CASA programs. CASA trains staff and volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children throughout the court process and their stay in foster care. They advocate to insure children are receiving safe housing, necessary medical care and appropriate academic support. CASA currently serves 35 children.
The organization also uses the funds to support Homework Helpers, a program that provides one-on-one help to children in CASA cases. Teachers help children with homework and basic reading skills for two hours after school three days a week. Homework Helpers currently serve seven children.
This is CASA's fifth drive, and each year it has met its goal, Shearer said. The goal has varied from $10,000 to $25,000, with funds matched over the years by IFW and Stone Tree, an EDC company, and Drury Capital. Hovensa also matched the funds one other year.
Most of the donations so far this year have been from individuals writing checks for $20 to $100, Shearer said. Schoolchildren have donated pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
CASA representatives will be on the Roger Morgan radio show at 9 a.m. Feb. 28 At that time anyone may call in a donation or drop it off at the radio station above the post office in Gallows Bay.
CASA also has a collection jar at Isle 95 and the Mongoose radio station above Gallows Bay Hardware. Jars have been placed across the island in banks, schools and businesses like Foodtown, Pastry Hut, Sion Farm Cleaners and Turtle's Deli.
Donations can be mailed or dropped off at 3012 Golden Rock, which is in the old Vitraco Mall on St. Croix across from the federal district court. For more information, call 719-2272.
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