High Plains' Carol for a Cause

12/17/2013

By KELTON BROOKS

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

When high school, and junior high students, and others from High Plains Home Educators come knocking at your door, they're not selling chocolate, or anything a door-to-door salesman would, they have come to sing Carols for a Cause.

And the cause is the Spirit of the Plains, Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA.

Saturday, High Plains began baking goods, such as gingerbread and pumpkin cookies, fudge, spicy pretzels, and peanut clusters. These goods were purchased by people who wanted to send plates to friends, family, a neighbor, or a business.

Whoever the goods were sent to, High Plains Educators would bring them to your door, and sing Christmas carols as they delivered the sweets.

All of the money collected was donated to CASA.

"They approached us, and we were very happy that we were chosen this year," said Tammy Tunis, case manager at CASA. "We are going to use the money we received to buy gifts for the children. A lot of kids are out of their homes, so the holiday is hard for them, but we hope this will brighten up their Christmas," Tunis said.

This is the third year High Plains Educators has done this project; the first year it was for Emmaus House, the second year was for ABC pregnancy, and now, CASA.

"This is a way we like to give back, and it's beneficial for the kids," said Lisa Hogan, who is in charge of the project.

So far, CASA has received $525 from Carols for a Cause. The group began going door-to-door Sunday, and will end Tuesday afternoon.

Laurie Jacobs, executive director of CASA, said the time has passed to make an order, but donations still can be made towards CASA Christmas.

"Lisa and the rest of High Plains deserve all the credit for all the work they have done," Jacobs said. "All the baking they did, putting all of this together, it's a great thing for the community, and a big help for our children here."

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