The Lonoke District Court, Southern District Clerks of Lonoke County will be hosting a Christmas drive this year, for children of Lonoke County through Court Appointed Special Advocate.

Its mission is to provide and promote quality court appointed volunteer advocacy to every abused, neglected and dependent child in the foster care system so the child can be safe, establish permanence, and have the opportunity to thrive.

”CASA is one organization dedicated to helping children in foster care,” Judge Teresa Smith said. “At some point we will all come into contact with a child that is or has been in the foster care system, by no fault of their own. It is the older children who have the toughest time, often forced to leave not only family, but friends and schools, and teams. They decided the teenagers are the group of children they want contribute to and maybe touch the lives of, in a positive way,” Smith said. “If we have a positive impact on even one child’s future decisions after being through this traumatic experience, it will make a difference.”

According to Smith, all donations will be turned into CASA the first week of December, to be distributed to foster children throughout Lonoke County.

“Every child deserves to feel special during the Christmas season, ” Smith said.

Collection items will be accepted through Dec. 1. Unwrapped items being accepted include:

- New clothing, such as packaged t-shirts, socks and underwear for both boys and girls.

- Cologne and perfume

- New books and movies

- Throw blankets

- New toys, such as board games, baby dolls, trucks, ect.

A collection boxes will be located at 110 NW Second St. in England, 121 W. Main St. in Carlisle, 100 N. Front St. in Allport, and 203 Front St. in Lonoke.