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Blue Knights Donate Toys to Foster Kids

The Blue Knights with a small portion of the toys donated to CASA.

The Blue Knights with a small portion of the toys donated to CASA.

On Wednesday, the Blue Knights motorcycle club presented hundreds of toys to Troup County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) to be given out to local foster children this Christmas season.

The toys were purchased by the local chapter of the Blue Knights —an international law enforcement motorcycle club— with a little help from a motorcycle shop in LaGrange. L & L Motorsports donated a 50cc scooter to the Blue Knights, which they raffled off to raise funds to buy toys for the foster kids.

A few years ago the Blue Knights adopted CASA as their primary charity cause that they support due to the much needed work that they do for local children.

In recent years, L & L Motorsports has donated kids ATVs or motor bikes to the Blue Knights, but rather than giving it to one child, the motorcycle club raffled off the scooter and used the proceeds to by dozens of toys for the CASA kids.

The local branch of CASA currently oversees more than 215 foster children in Troup-Heard County area.

The Blue Knights and L & L Motorsports were among many others who helped provide gifts to the foster kids. Toys for Tots, the Empty Stocking Fund, and many other organizations help needy children get something under the Christmas tree each year, but many forget that foster families. While not exactly needy, foster families often don’t have extra money during the holidays. Fortunately, the Knights are there to lend a hand and open their wallets. Many of the raffle tickets were bought by club members themselves.

CASA will distribute the toys to the foster families that they oversee so that the kids have something under the Christmas tree. They toys are distributed into holiday bags to be given to foster families. CASA staff members sort the gifts so that each child receives age and gender appropriate gifts. They also try to accommodate the kid’s Christmas wishlists when possible.

CASA is a non-government nonprofit agency that advocates for the best interest of Troup and Heard counties’ abused and neglected children. CASA develops and supports court-sanctioned, community-based affiliate programs that provide trained and supervised volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in juvenile court deprivation proceedings.

The Blue Knights is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. In addition to getting together over a love of riding, Blue Knights raise money for charity and support motor-safety programs in high schools.

The Blue Knights are currently preparing for their annual bike-jeep fundraiser ride, which also benefits CASA. The next annual ride is scheduled for March 23 and will once again start at the Elk’s Lodge on South Davis Road in LaGrange.

The author of this article can be reached via email at info@troupcountynews.net

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