DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — Monday’s hometown heroes are ringing in the holidays now in order to better protect children next year. Dauphin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) held its tree lighting today outside the American Legion Post in Linglestown.

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CASA volunteers are trained to represent a child in the foster care system. The advocates have a Giving Tree Fundraiser on its website where donors can choose and dedicate a virtual light or ornament.

According to the event’s press release, nearly 300 children in Dauphin County reside in foster-care settings with only a fraction of them currently paired with a dedicated CASA. The goal of the fundraiser is to bring together more CASA volunteers with foster children.

“It’s an incredibly important program, it blows my mind we have volunteers that write court reports in their evenings and their weekends all to help a child that’s at risk,” Dauphin County CASA Executive Director, Corey Korinda said.

abc27’s Valerie Pritchett emcees this year’s event. To visit the Giving Tree Fundraiser on their website, or to learn more about CASA, click here.