EL CENTRO â€” For the third year in a row volunteers from Calvary Chapel Church in El Centro gathered early the week before Easter Sunday to put together over 400 Easter baskets for neglected foster children in the Valley.
The Calvary Chapel sanctuary, Â usually used for Sunday morning worship, was temporarily transformed into an Easter basket distribution center, complete with an assembly line. Volunteers started at the front of the line and picked up an Easter basket, thenÂ filled it with colorful shredded paper. Volunteers took the baskets from table to table, filling them with little goodies for children in the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program.
CASA Imperial Valley is an organization that helps abused and neglected foster children find safe, permanent homes. Volunteers at CASA research foster children’s cases to make sure children do not get lost in the foster care system.
â€œEvery year that we make these baskets, the amount needed practically doubles.â€ saidÂ Debbie Pyle, who helped organize the event. “Last year, we made around 200 baskets and this year we had to makeÂ over 400.”[envira-gallery id=”54558″]