Corpus Christi, TX (PressExposure) July 22, 2009 -- La Palmera is partnering with CASA of the Coastal Bend to collect back-to-school clothes and accessories for the over 2,000 children currently in foster care through the local Court Appointed Special Advocateâ¢ (CASA) program. A school bus will be parked between Firestone and JCPenney just off Staples Street on Saturday, August 1, from noon - 6 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase extra items to donate while they shop for their own family at La Palmera and bring them to the bus. CASA volunteers will load the donated items into the bus throughout the afternoon with the goal of filling the bus by dayâs end.
âThe âFill the Busâ program is part of our continuing effort to be a good neighbor in our community,â said La Palmera General Manager Fred Walters. âCASA is one of over 50 quality organizations we have donated to, sponsored or partnered with over the past year. We look forward to rolling out additional community events this fall.â
Suggested âFill the Busâ items include boys and girls polo shirts, navy or khaki shorts and slacks, socks and shoes, towels and backpacks. Shoppers may pick up a complete Donation Idea Guide at Concierge during regular mall hours or by visiting the âFill the Busâ page listed under Programs on http://www.lapalmera.com. Shoppers who donate items will receive a pass providing special shopping incentives from participating La Palmera stores good through Sunday, August 2.
CASA of the Costal Bend serves Nueces, San Patricio, and Aransas counties providing committed court-appointed volunteers to work with children who must leave their home and enter the foster care system. As of 2008, the confirmed victims of child abuse/neglect by county include 2,036 in Nueces, 448 in San Patricio and 157 in Aransas. CASA is always looking for volunteers who, with the constant support, guidance, and supervision of the professional staff of the Coastal Bend CASA program, serve as the courts' eyes and ears. Volunteers help the judges decide whether a child should stay with the parents, be placed with relatives, or be free for permanent adoption.
ââFill the Busâ will be an annual event at La Palmera,â said Walters. âWe know there are other Corpus Christi organizations that help children in need and we are anxious to hear from them for next yearâs event.â
Local groups who wish to be considered for the 2010 âFill the Busâ Back-to-School Challenge should submit an application available online. The organization must: â¢ Be either local or a national organization with a local chapter. â¢ Not exist solely for the completion of a special project. â¢ Furnish proof of tax-exempt status. â¢ Have the means to staff the event. â¢ Have a direct need for donation of goods to provide to children in need.
For questions on this and other community events at La Palmera, contact the Marketing Department at (361) 991-3755.
For more information on CASA of Coastal Bend, visit [http://www.coastalbend.org] or http://www.becomeacasa.org. For more information on La Palmera, go online to http://www.lapalmera.com, visit Concierge or call (361) 991-5718.