For the fifth year in a row, the Honda Goldwing Riders GWRRA Chapter W-2 partnered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ellis County for the most successful Christmas Toy Drive to date.

“We are so grateful for the continued support that this Chapter gives to the children that are served by CASA each year,” said Rhodie Rawls, Executive Director of CASA of Ellis County.

The Toy Drive was held on December 14 in the parking lot of the Citizens National Bank, Uptown in Waxahachie. New and unwrapped toys, along with cash donations, were accepted.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed at the outpouring of toys and cash donations this year and want to extend our appreciation to the citizens of Ellis County for their generosity,” Rawls stated.

Toys from the event were distributed to over 100 children who are served by CASA after being removed from their homes by abuse and neglect. Since most of the donated toys are geared towards younger children, cash donations were used to purchase gift cards for the teenagers in the CASA program.

Specially trained CASA volunteers who are appointed by the court to work with the children were able to pick out gifts specifically geared toward each child. The gifts are then taken to the parents, guardians or foster parents so they could present the gifts to the children during the holidays.

CASA of Ellis County was established in 2004 and currently has over 50 volunteer advocates that work to determine the best permanent placements for abused and neglected children. These volunteers work with each child for a year or more and are trained to step into court and be the voice of the children that are serviced. For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, visit www.casaofelliscounty.org or call the Ellis County office at 972-937-1455.