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October 29, 2013

Gabriel's Mark raising funds for foster kids


Kelsey said that by the time the news of child neglect gets in the news, the child has already been placed in a foster home or in the home of relatives and sometimes but the child still has needs. “Many children are living with relatives that are struggling to keep their family together. I think we can all relate to that,” said Kelsey.

Officially launched on Facebook Oct. 3, Gabriel’s Mark provided clothing to five children in need during its first two weeks without even promoting the website.

“We hope to work with DCS, CASA and anyone else and anyone who may be aware of a need,” said Kelsey. “Put yourself in the shoes of a child, teenager or parent and think about the things you use everyday.”

Clothing, hygiene items, shoes, beds, bedding, toys and baby items are among some of the most commonly needed items but Kelsey said travel items such as suitcases are also needed. “So many of the kids move with their belongings thrown in a trash bag.”

Not only is there a growing need for clothing and other items for children in the area but there is also a need for more CASA volunteers. Kelsey said that Fall CASA training begins soon and volunteering with the program is worthwhile.

“If anyone is interested in donating their time and voice to the children, they should consider becoming a CASA,” said Kelsey. “There is always a need.”

For more information on Gabriel’s Mark or to make a donation, find them of Facebook at or email More information on becoming a CASA volunteer can be obtained by contacting Shelby McDannald at 812-698-2861.

for More information For more information on Gabriel's Mark or to make a donation, find them of Facebook at or email More information on becoming a CASA volunteer can be obtained by contacting Shelby McDannald at 698-2861.

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