Regalando Sonrisas – Winter Festival


CASA is organizing its annual holiday celebration and we need your support to ensure it continues to be a success. Your donations of unopened toys, new winter coats, and monetary donations will help us give away smiles this holiday season. All monetary donations will go to this fun and community-strengthening event, gender neutral and educational toys, and winter coats for students in need. This is an opportunity for you to positively affect the life of a young person and create piece of mind for some parents. We ask and encourage you to join us in giving away smiles to our youth this holiday season!

During CASA’s early years, our holiday celebrations were small, just several committed leaders giving back and strengthening our community. Since 2005, when CASA opened its Multicultural Center in Langley Park, we’ve held large holiday celebrations. Now, CASA’s holiday celebration is one the most anticipated events amongst our members.
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Last December, CASA helped hundreds of families have a joyful holiday season. We distributed 500 gifts to children of all ages, and over 600 community members received a small meal, participated in activities, and enjoyed live entertainment.

 

This year, we plan on distributing over 700 gifts to children between infancy and 13 years of age, and are counting on you to help us giveaway smiles. To achieve this goal, CASA is working with schools, community organizations, the public and private sectors. This includes Univision, local businesses, Barnes & Nobles, Centronía, Transforming Neighborhood Initiative: Langley Park (TNI), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), University of Maryland, and others.

But we need your help! 

We call on you to donate unopened toys, new coats and winter gear, make monetary contributions by click the “Donate to Regalando Sonrisas” button, and/or volunteer.

 

 

In addition, we are working with local schools to identify K-12 students who need winter coats. Our goal is to give out at least 100 winter coats to selected students. We recently opened our International High Schools in Prince George’s County and noticed some students do not have adequate winter clothing. This will be the first winter for some students in our community.

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Your support, at any capacity, will ensure this event is a success.  For more information, please contact, Julio Murillo at jmurillo@wearecasa.org 

Join us this holiday season in giving away smiles to our youth!

You can drop off brand new toys and cold weather clothing at the following locations:

  • CASA’s Multicultural Center
    8151 15th Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20783
  • Arlington Welcome Center
    901 S. Highland Street, 3rd Floor Arlington, VA 22204
  • Baltimore Welcome & Worker Center
    2224 East Fayette Street. Baltimore, MD 21231
  • Rockville Welcome & Worker Center
    14645 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Pine Ridge Community Center
    8615 Piney Branch Road. Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Silver Spring Welcome & Worker Center
    734 University Blvd. E. Silver Spring, MD 20903
  • Prince George’s County Welcome & Worker Center
    7978-B New Hampshire Ave. Hyattsville, MD 20783
  • Wheaton Welcome & Worker Center
    2729 University Blvd. W. Wheaton, MD 20902
  • Falls Church Welcome Center
    330-B S. Virginia Ave. Falls Church, VA 22046
  • Mega Mart
    1101 University Blvd. Hyattsville, MD 20783
  • Mega Mart
    2340 University Blvd. Hyattsville, MD 20783
  • Chapina Bakery
    1401 University Blvd E, Hyattsville, MD 20783

* Please note that we can only accept new and unwrapped toys, books and DVD’s in their original packaging. Unfortunately we cannot accept used or handmade toys, violent toys or video games (i.e. guns, weapons, military, etc.), religious items (i.e. bibles, crosses, etc.), electrical, spark-producing, or friction-producing toys, toys with parts that can pinch fingers/toes or catch hair, toys made of glass or brittle plastic, food or housewares, and large banners or poster-size artwork.
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