Counting on you

Once again, we're asking readers to join us this holiday season to help two worthy causes: The Wildlife Care Network and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County).

For more than five decades, through times of economic highs and lows, News-Press readers have dug into their pockets to help people in need. The News-Press Holiday Fund has raised more than $2 million to assist a variety of nonprofit groups in this community.

News stories over the next weeks will detail the good works of these groups, but in essence these two foundations exemplify the Santa Barbara tradition of residents organizing to come to the aid of those in need or to better our community.

The Wildlife Care Network is a nonprofit, volunteer group that rescues and rehabilitates injured wild birds and small mammals in Santa Barbara County. Since incorporating in 1988, the group has helped over 3,000 native animals each year. Songbirds, seabirds, birds of prey, and mammals large and small are cared for throughout Santa Barbara county.

The Mission of CASA - the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County is to assure a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every abused or neglected child by providing a highly trained volunteer to advocate for them in the court system.

The goal of CASA of Santa Barbara County is to prevent abused, neglected, and abandoned children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency system and working to find them safe, permanent homes as soon as possible. They work carefully to match a CASA volunteer with a child to ensure that the child's best interest is served.

Please join us in supporting these two groups.

Readers can send donations to the News-Press Holiday Fund, P.O. Box 1359, Santa Barbara, CA 93102. The News-Press does not hold any of the donations for administrative fees. All the money raised goes directly to the local charities and is tax deductible.

Names of donors will be published periodically through the holiday season.

News-Press Holiday Fund
The News-Press Holiday Fund was established in 1949 by former News-Press owner Thomas Storke, who was shocked at the cost of a wheelchair after he broke his leg. Since then, the Holiday Fund has brought in more than $2 million from individuals, local groups, companies and foundations.

On Nov. 11, the News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award dinner kicked off the drive, which runs through New Year's. At the banquet, the paper honored three community leaders and announced this year's fund recipients: The Wildlife Care Network and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County).

Contributions may be mailed to: News-Press Holiday Fund, P.O. Box 1359, Santa Barbara, CA 93102.


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