photos c/o Dalas CASA
Laura McBride, author of the best-selling debut novel “We Are Called to Rise,” told more than 400 guests at Dallas CASA’s Cherish the Children luncheon April 5 that the way to repair the world is through one act of goodness at a time. “Somewhere out there a child is going to hurt a little less, feel a little less alone because of you,” she told volunteer advocates in the audience. “You are the ones doing the one small good thing first.” Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides volunteers for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Volunteers gather information that helps judges decide where children can safely and permanently live. The Cherish the Children luncheon, hosted by the Dallas CASA Children’s Council, annually raises funds and awareness for Dallas CASA. This year’s luncheon raised more than $200,000, which will allow Dallas CASA to recruit, train and supervise more volunteers to serve children in need. The luncheon honoree was Caroline Rose Hunt, and event chair was Erin Pope. In addition to McBride, luncheon attendees heard from Jenny Reynolds, a CASA volunteer advocate and Dallas CASA Children’s Council president. On an average day in Dallas, more than 2,000 abused and neglected children live in foster care because they cannot safely live at home. Only about two out of five of those children have a Dallas CASA volunteer who can speak for them, but funds from the luncheon will allow Dallas CASA to recruit, train and supervise more volunteers to serve more children. To learn more about advocating for abused children, visit dallascasa.org.