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Community rallies behind El Dorado County CASA lunch box program

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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The CASA box lunch program in El Dorado County has brought the organization thousands of dollars to help children in crisis. CASA, Court Appointed Advocates, are trained and supervised community volunteers with a role to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. These volunteers monitor cases involving children in foster care, according to its website. Recently the El Dorado Hills group worked to sell box lunches to area business to raise money for CASA. Laurie Heyman, events and outreach manager for CASA, said volunteers started in March delivering menus to potential customers so that they could pre-order the lunches. “This year we had about 3,200 lunches ordered from business and school in El Dorado County, Folsom and Rancho Cordova,” she said. “On the day of the event (April 26) we get together, assemble all the lunches and deliver them with the help of 45 drivers.” Lunches were sold for 10 and include freshly made veggie or turkey wrap, Barsotti juice, two cookies, chips, and a CASA Ad Book. Contributors include John Sanders, who assists with food purchasing, Perfect Label Comp. that has donated labels for each lunch and Ron Thompson who has donated his box truck for many years to help deliver the food to the Diamond Springs Firefighters Hall, Heyman said. Top ordering companies included DST Output with roughly 100 orders, Blue Shield of El Dorado Hills with 100m ITW Rippey, also of El Dorado Hills and the Thompson car dealerships. “We did really well this year,” Heyman said.