Group collects, wraps gifts for foster children


MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) - Girls Who Code of Macon County works to close the gender gap in technology, but the group also works to create confidence in girls and give back to their community.

On Saturday, Girls Who Code of Macon County spent their day off wrapping gifts for foster kids in Macon County. The group partnered up with Macon County CASA to collect toys for over 215 foster children.

"I think we saw something that we could do for our community and we wanted to do it," explains member, Emma McConnell.

Macon County CASA serves hundreds of children throughout the county. The members of Girls Who Code saw the need and stepped up to help.

"Some kids don't get to have a Christmas like other kids do. It's important that everybody can get an equal Christmas and be happy," says member, Devyn Slater.

The gifts were wrapped with love and care, so everyone could have a special holiday.

"It feels good helping more people than just my family and friends. I'm helping people and it feels good," says member, Peyton Carder.

Macon County CASA says, CASA advocates will distribute the gifts to the children during the week leading up to Christmas. Since July, CASA has closed many children's cases and others have opened.

They still have children needing gifts this Christmas. If you would like to get gifts or help out in any way you can find more details on the CASA Facebook page or call Julia Livingston at 217-428-8424.

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