CHRISTMAS bells chimed merrily for CASA, The Caring and Sharing Association, at this special time of year. All over Ireland, from Galway, Longford, Dublin to Cork, Santa will be appearing at CASA Christmas parties. Scrumptious dinners will be enjoyed, with laughter filling the air.
As the curtains are drawn on the year 2016, CASA reflect on the tremendous support received from the people of Cooley and surrounding areas. Every six months, Hanlon Transport delivers a 40’ load of donations to their charity shops in Dublin. This has been a fantastic boost to CASA and has made it possible for them to reach out and help so many.
They would like to thank everybody who cared enough to place their unwanted items of clothing, footwear, etc into a plastic bag and donate it to CASA. Each one of these acts of kindness is very much appreciated.
They are extremely grateful to Hanlon Transport and staff for delivering each load safely to their charity shop in Dublin.
The time of year is upon us, when the light of CASA shines at it’s brightest. Over 700 people will be in attendance at parties nationwide. A CASA Christmas party is a very special occasion. It begins with a Christmas Mass, with nativity, followed by a Christmas dinner.
Santa then arrives laden with presents which have been carefully selected for each individual by a team of volunteers.
The afternoon is finished off with music, song and dance. It is an occasion when children and adults with special needs, look forward and wait with eager anticipation for many weeks.
Each person with a disability is paired with a CASA volunteer.
It is their special time to spend away from the comfort zone of their own families. CASA builds for them a platform to do what everybody else takes for granted - be independent, find their own friends, and become their own person.
CASA provide respite breaks for people with a disability in their breakhouse in Malahide. In a homely atmosphere of trust and friendship, disabled people receive three night respite breaks. Cinema and shopping trips are often enjoyed as part of these breaks.
In September, approx seventy CASA pilgrims visited the Sacred Grotto of Lourdes. CASA liaise with Hospice’s, all over Ireland. They reach out to those with life limiting conditions, extending an invitation for them to make this special journey. Many children with disabilities travel on the pilgrimage and their smiles of delight as the great plane lifts off the runway can lift the heaviest of hearts.
In far off Kenya, underneath the burning African sun, the flame of CASA continues to shine brightly.
Thanks to funding from CASA, children with special needs now have a place of understanding and dignity in the new CASA Day Centres which have been opened there.
In four villages in the district of Rongai and Mogotio, the hand of friendship and support has been extended to many disabled people. Many young African mothers now relax as for them a new dawn breaks, having found solace and understanding in the care given to their special child in these new Day Centres.
CASA would like to thank the Editor and staff of Dundalk Democrat for their continued support in publicising their appeals for stock for their charity shops. The Gift of ‘Caring and Sharing’ was never more needed than in our world of today.
As the Bells chime and the New Year arrives, we welcome it, confident that it will be one where the wonderful spirit of generosity will continue to flourish and grow for this noble Irish Charity.
CASA would like to wish all their loyal supporters a very happy and peaceful Christmas. All friends of CASA will be remembered at the many CASA mass’s taking place at this time of year.