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Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –  January 3rd, 2018

Contact: Andrea Bruns, State Director                          
Kentucky CASA Network                                
Phone: (502)238-2154 


Kentucky CASA Network Selected as Recipient of the National CASA Toy Foundation/Amazon Grant That Brings over 8,000 Toys to CASA Programs and Statewide Child Welfare Organizations to Kentucky

The Kentucky CASA Network (KCN) is pleased to share the results of a national grant opportunity which brought an abundance of holiday toys to needy children in the Commonwealth during the holiday season. The National CASA Association, the parent association of the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program selected the Kentucky CASA Network as one of the recipients of a grant opportunity from the Toy Foundation and

Amazon customers from across the country had the opportunity to purchase toys to help a child in foster care during the holiday season. The KCN requested 2,700 toys, which was the number of children with a CASA volunteer in 2016. Due to the overwhelming generosity of Amazon customers, the KCN received over 4,500 individual packages during an 8-day span containing more than 8,000 individual toys with an estimated value of over $200,000. A mix of CASA program staff and Kentucky citizens volunteered many hours days before Christmas to unpack, sort, and distribute all of the toys to agencies and organizations who serve Kentucky’s most vulnerable – abused, neglected, and at-risk youth. The following is a list of all of the agencies statewide that received toys for the children they serve:

  • All 20 Local CASA Programs in Kentucky
  • Volunteers of America- Lexington
  • Volunteers of America- Louisville
  • DCBS Regional Office in Ashland, KY
  • DCBS Regional Office- Northern KY Office
  • DCBS Local offices in:  Mercer County, Madison County, Nelson County, Lewis County, Jefferson County, Fayette County, Frankfort, KY
  • Licking Valley Community Action (Multiple Counties in Northeastern KY)
  • Sunrise Children’s Services- Danville, KY
  • The Sunshine House- Frankfort, KY
  • Kentucky Youth Advocates- Louisville, KY
  • Catholic Charities- Louisville, KY
  • Wayside Christian Mission- Louisville, KY
  • Louisville Metro Police Department
  • SAFY (Elizabethtown and Louisville)
  • Sunflower Kids- Lexington
  • Girls, Inc. Owensboro
  • Family Scholar House- Louisville
  • St Joseph’s Children’s Home- Louisville
  • The West End School- Louisville
  • Ft. Knox Santa’s Workshop- Radcliff
  • Ft Knox Red Cross for Military Families- Radcliff
  • Wendy’s Wonderful Kids- Northern KY and Louisville
  • Family Resource Centers- Jefferson County
  • Family Resource Centers- Knox/Laurel Counties
  • Orphan Care Alliance- Statewide
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Statewide
  • Educational Justice- Louisville
  • Community Care, Hazard (Multiple Counties in Southeastern KY)
  • La Casita- Louisville
  • Salvation Army/Center for Hope, Louisville
  • Boys and Girls Club- Louisville


About the Kentucky CASA Network

The Kentucky CASA Network, Inc. (KCN) is the State Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association as recognized in Kentucky Revised Statutes with a mission to support and strengthen Local CASA Programs who support trained community volunteers appointed by Judges to represent the best interests of dependent, abused and neglected children in Kentucky.