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CASA: What’s Better Than Getting Presents? Giving! 3/17/15  03/17/15 9:06:01 AM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

– Photo by Lorraine Boyd
Brady Collette turned eight years old on March 12, but he gave all his birthday party presents (pictured are just some of them) to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Why? See below!
What’s Better Than Getting Presents? Giving!
Brady Collette and his sister Lauren, 5, accompanied their mother, Anne, to CASA headquarters at 24th and St. Mary, to deliver an SUV-full of toys and other necessities. This is the third year the 1st-grader at Reeder Elementary has donated all the presents his friends brought to his birthday party to a good cause. This year he had 25 party guests, so he got quite a haul. Why does he do it? “It makes you feel good,” he said. His birthday celebration includes dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. “It’s my favorite place, and I can sit on the saddle there.”

Anne Collette, who, along with her husband Chad, is a physical therapist, said many mothers asked if they could borrow her idea and donate party gifts to CASA too. “I told them definitely yes. I don’t have an exclusive on that.”
CASA Executive Director Kimberly Thomas said the non-profit organization has been trying to raise their profile recently with a variety of methods. One of the best is the word-of-mouth that comes out of actions like Brady’s. The organization provides the help of qualified, compassionate adults to fight for and protect a child’s rights. It was founded in 1998 at the urging of area judges. Visit www.casaomaha.org for more information.
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