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12.21.2016

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CASA Celebrates Kwanzaa!

As the holiday season and New Year arrive, so does our increased attention to the needs of our families and communities. No matter what your holiday traditions may be, it is important to remember those around us who are less fortunate. Children in foster care are often overlooked in the holiday season and they need your help. CASA volunteers are essential on a consistent basis to ensure children in foster care are getting their needs met and allowing them an outlet to just be kids. At times when everything is taken away, birthdays and the holidays play a big role in making children feel important and special.

In 2015, a little over 22% of children in foster care were of African American descent so CASA wants to focus on and celebrate Kwanzaa.  Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration of African American culture from December 26th to January 1st.  Each day of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a different principle; Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. A common sight is the use of a Kiara. A Kiara is used to hold seven candles, each representing a day and principle.  Kwanzaa is a time to reflect on these principles. The family celebrating will discuss the principle of the day and how they applied it to their lives that day. Each day is full of feasting, with the biggest feast, the Karamu feast, occurring on the December 31st. The following day which starts the New Year is the last day of Kwanzaa full of meditation and a renewed sense of self and heritage.

Time spent in foster care can be confusing and a trying period in the life of children in foster care.  There is often sense of confusion and a loss of traditions and culture.  CASA volunteers are the voice for many of these children. Not only can you help them celebrate traditions specific to their culture, but when CASA volunteers show knowledge of their customs, it demonstrates a true commitment to the child.  Now is a crucial time to be there for the hundreds of children left without CASA volunteer. Help them feel a sense of belonging and start making an everlasting bond.

Become a volunteer today and help protect our children’s culture and customs!

CASA Celebrates Kwanzaa!