Tis the season … DMC Child Development/Early Childhood Program donates 50 “Sweet Cases” to CASA of the Coastal Bend
Duffle bag donation meant to bring extra cheer to children in area foster care system, serves as learning experience for DMC students
Article by Melinda Eddleman
Del Mar College (DMC) Child Development/Early Childhood (CDEC) students meant to complete the project in Spring 2020. But then the pandemic hit, and their efforts to donate duffle bags, or “Sweet Cases,” to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Coastal Bend were postponed.
Now more than ever, it’s the season for giving.
On Dec. 10, the CDEC Program “wrapped up” their Sweet Cases project by donating 50 duffle bags to CASA of the Coastal Bend for area children in the foster care system. The effort is the second time that CDEC students have provided such a donation with more duffle bags available this year to bring some additional cheer to area youth.
Due to COVID-19, our project was put on pause, and our donations sat due to the uncertainty of community health concerns and the inability to gather in groups,. Many community agencies were unable to take donations. However, the needs of children didn't stop, so CDEC students continued the work safely to finish stuffing the bags just in time for the holidays in hopes we can ‘sweeten’ children’s lives.
Dr. Mintz and colleague Benita Flores-Muñoz, associate professor of child development, donned Santa hats while handing over the pile of duffle bags topped with a big red bow to CASA communications director Diana Booth.
It’s beautiful to see our community give to the children in foster care. These times can be difficult being away from their family, and items such as sweet cases full of toiletries and fun items brings children in foster care hope, a chance at a healing heart and the opportunity to thrive.
Dr. Mintz noted that the Child Development Club purchased the new duffle bags so that children entering foster care would not have to carry their belongings in trash bags or brown sacks as they transitioned to a new home. The project was “sweetened” with CDEC intern students and DMC campus members collecting new items for the bags, including personal care items, socks, books, toys, art materials, nightlights, pillowcases and much more.
“Our students are learning valuable skills not just related to teaching children but also to care for children and build relationships with children and families,” Dr. Mintz said. “Understanding children’s needs makes each CDEC student a compassionate early childhood educator and valuable member within our community.”
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