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Groups team up to throw Christmas party for CASA
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Forsyth County News

Several organizations are teaming up to make sure children served by Court Appointed Special Advocate of Forsyth County don't get left out when Santa Claus comes to town.

The local program, known as CASA, is made up of 60 volunteers who serve as court advocates for abused and neglected children.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has prepared 74 stockings for children.

Girl Scout and CASA volunteer Amy Saindon of Forsyth County said the Scouts have worked with Cornerstone School, Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Department of Family and Children Services to organize CASA's annual Christmas party.

Local Girl Scouts have spent the last couple weeks gathering materials to fill 3-foot long stockings to the brim with toys and candy.

Saindon said each stocking is personalized with a child's name on it.

"We ask each person involved to sponsor a child, and we give them a specific age and gender, and we're able to personalize the stockings," she said.

Laura Skinner, Girl Scout membership specialist for Forsyth County, said the girls use troop funds and go shopping at area department stores to fill the stockings.

"It's quite a sight to see so many stockings together," she said. "We just like helping these children out this time of year. Christmas is important for children."

Saindon said Girl Scouts also contribute ginger bread houses and cookies to the upcoming party, which will feature a visit from Santa.

"Those girls are a wonderful resource," she said. "They really help out a lot."

This will be the second year the organization has prepared stockings for the children of CASA.

"The whole thing is wonderful," Saindon said. "It's something nice for the children."