Operation Christmas Child collects shoebox gifts for needy children in disaster, famine or war-torn regions worldwide. School supplies, toys, clothing, photos and personal notes of prayer can be donated at two locations in Paso Robles: Calvary Chapel, 1615 Commerce Way, #A, and Life Community Church, 3770 Ruth Way, #A. For more info, visit slochristmaschild.org or call Marion Curtis, (805) 234-7158.

Lift Up a Childs’ Voice. 
A Child’s Life. Voices for Children Holiday Celebration Luncheon is an opportunity to learn about CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children — held on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Madonna Inn, Gay 90’s Room, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo.

Give a child a voice at CASA’s annual Voices for Children holiday luncheon. In this festive setting, share the holiday spirit and enjoy delectable dining, enchanting entertainment, and the fabulous “Jewelry with a Past” sale!

Tickets are $60, with tables of six and 10 available. Reserve online slocasa.org or call (805) 541-6542. Funds raised are used for recruiting, screening, training and supervising volunteer advocates. CASA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

In SLO County, more than 475 abused, neglected, or abandoned children are under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Many of these children live in foster homes, moving from one residence to another with appalling frequency. CASA’s trained volunteers provide a consistent source of support to these children, advocating for needed services and appropriate placement until a permanent home is found.