Court Appointed Special Advocates of Crawford County is seeking donations for its annual Christmas party honoring children in the foster care system.

CASA executive director Celeste Lewis said gifts are needed for about 130 children from ages birth to 18 years of age.

“Often times we want to help others, but we are unsure where to place our generosity,” Lewis said. “In this season of giving, your generosity can provide a happy holiday memory to an abused or neglected child in the area.”

Gifts can be dropped off in Van Buren at Delta Securities and Financials, 1110 Main St.; CASA, 1112 Main St.; or Las Fresas Mexican Grill, 613 N. Plaza Court.

Gifts cards to Walmart, Target and Old Navy as well as monetary donations will be accepted, Lewis said.

“Let Santa’s helpers shop for you by providing a monetary donation,” she said. “All monetary donations will be used to create a joyful event for the children.”

Any remaining monetary donations after the gifts and party expenses are purchased will be used to train new volunteer advocates, Lewis said.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 6. For more information, call (479) 474-8502.

The Christmas party will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at Kids in Motion. In addition to the gifts, there will be activities for the children as well as pizza, cookies and drinks.

The National CASA Association is a network of 955 CASA and guardian ad litem programs that recruit, train and support volunteer advocates in 49 states.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the safety and well-being of children who have been removed from their homes due to parental abuse and neglect. The volunteers watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers have helped more than two million children find safe, permanent homes.