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Williamson County CASA and local gas stations partner to provide bikes for children


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Volunteers assembl 27 bikes in Williamson County CASA's Franklin offices on Tuesday, Dec. 18. The bikes will be distributed throughout the week.


Three Mapco convenience stores teamed up with Williamson County CASA (WCCASSA) this holiday season to offer 27 bikes to local children. Two Mapco stations and a BP-Mapco Express on Moores Lane and Liberty Pike in Brentwood pooled customer and employee donations to purchase the presents, and handed them over to the non-profit organization for assembly and distribution.

WCCASA Director of Development and Public Relations Danielle McMorran said she hopes the two-wheeled gifts will help her organization develop stronger relationships in the community.

“Not only does this contribution spread goodwill and happiness to those in need, but it also allows us to work closely with our collaborative organizations,” she said. “We are grateful to these businesses for taking the initiative, and we’re also excited that they’ve helped others become more familiar with our mission and our programs. These kind of partnerships are important for us.”

WCCASA advocates and volunteers assembled the provided bikes, and collaborated with the Williamson County Juvenile Court and the Department of Children’s Services to distribute to local youth and those involved in WCCASA programs.

McMorran said the organization relied on the help of volunteers—like Brentwood-based professional counselor Phil Plant—to collect and construct each bike.

Eric Landschaft, the manager at the 8009 Moores Lane location, said that he sought to donate the bikes to WCCASA after learning about its mission through a customer.

“This is something we do each year to give back. I was looking for an organization to support, and a customer recommended CASA to me,” he said. “I looked into it and thought that this is an organization we should definitely be giving to.”

WCCASA is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the judicial system, and works with volunteers to provide a safe and permanent home for each child.

For information about its vision, go to www.williamsoncountycasa.org.

Posted on: 12/19/2012

 
 

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