The Operation Round-Up Board of Directors recently approved a grant of $750 to the Bluebonnet CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Mason Texas. The check was presented to Jenna Jacoby, Executive Director at the CASA office on Wednesday, November 9th by Curtis Schulze, Vice Chairman of the Operation Round-Up Board, and Jack Asbill and Riley Kothmann, CTEC Board members, all representing Mason County.Bluebonnet CASA lists their mission as: to provide and support trained community Guardian as Litem volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. They facilitate placement of these children in safe, loving, and permanent homes as quickly as possible.According to the grant application submitted, “Every year during the holiday season, Bluebonnet CASA purchases Christmas gifts for the children we are serving. When a child is removed from their home and placed into a foster home it is an extremely difficult and sometimes frightening time in their life. Although they are living in an abusive and neglectful; situation; that is the only life they have ever known. Most of these children have never known any stability or sadly any compassion in their lives. Bluebonnet CASA hopes to bring that compassion to each one of our children at Christmas time by being able to purchase gifts for every child. These children have little or nothing to call their own and receiving Christmas gifts makes a huge impact in their life. They have been through a lot and brining them joy and showing them that someone cares about them starts their healing process. We hope to be able to purchase gifts for every child that we are serving. As Bluebonnet CASA has grown, so have our number of cases and children, especially during the holidays. We try to purchase every child at least one outfit, one pair of shoes, and one toy.” The Bluebonnet CASA office covers Mason, Menard, McCulloch and Kimble counties.A second grant of $1500 was also approved by the Operation Round-Up Board of Directors to the Gabriel Galindo Family of Fredericksburg. The presentation was made in the CTEC headquarters office on November 16th, by Operation Round-Up Board President Bill R. White from Gillespie county, and Charles E. Pearson, CTEC Director representing Gillespie County.The grant request was made on behalf of their daughter Kyara Galindo. Kyara, a sophomore at Fredericksburg High School, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The family is faced with many medical and travel expenses for Doctor’s visits.“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”. It’s a practice that’s been around the Hill Country area for many years – and it’s what CTEC members who have voluntarily signed up to participate in Operation Round-Up have done with these two grants. By having their monthly electric bills “rounded up” to the next whole dollar each month, the nearly 1300 Co-op members enrolled have been able to make a difference in their communities. If you haven’t signed up for Operation Round-Up yet, you can do so simply by picking up the phone and calling the nearest CTEC office to enroll one or all of your accounts. The average contribution runs .50 cents per month, or just $6.00 for an entire year! Of course, if you want to contribute more, or a specific amount every month, you can. Just call any of the member service representatives in your area office and tell them your preference. It’s all tax-deductible and you’ll get a statement of contributions on your January bill.