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Los Altos artist, CASA volunteer hosts annual holiday boutique


Courtesy of Jessica Dickinson Goodman
Visitors examine handmade jewelry at the 2015 Archangel Holiday Boutique. This year’s event is scheduled Nov. 17 and 18.

Los Altos artist Midori Adams has scheduled her annual Archangel Holiday Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Peninsula Hope Church, 599 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City.

The boutique will feature handmade gifts from 30 Bay Area artists, including pottery, candles, jewelry, succulents and flower arrangements, wreaths, seasonal decorations, tote and culinary bags, gourmet food and more. Artists will donate 20 percent of their sales to the Archangel Boutique, and 100 percent of the proceeds will support Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to provide emotional and educational support to children in the Santa Clara County dependency system. Currently, there are more than 1,500 children in the county’s system, 1,200 of whom could benefit from a CASA. In fiscal year 2018, Child Advocates aims to serve 920 children, with the goal to serve every child who needs a CASA by 2021.

“Every foster youth deserves to have an adult who cares about them and gives them unwavering support throughout their years in the foster care system,” said Karen Scussel, executive director of Child Advocates. “We’re grateful to have so many caring CASA volunteers like Midori serve our community’s most vulnerable children.”

“Young people need mentors and a caring adult to speak up for them in dependency hearings. Working with these children has made my life much richer and more rewarding.” Midori said. “Raising funds through my Archangel Holiday Boutique is another way for me to help the agency serve more children and spread the word about Child Advocates’ amazing work in the community. I became a CASA because I wanted to provide stability and hope to these children who are in the foster care system through no fault of their own.”

 

For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, visit bemyadvocate.org.

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