LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages came out to the 9th annual Jingle Jog at Elmer Thomas Park on Saturday. While every year the 5K race and one mile walk benefits a different organization, this year the proceeds benefits CASA of Southwest Oklahoma. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The non-profit navigates for the best interest of neglected and abused children in Comanche County.
CASA Director Wilma Whittaker says the money is helping these kids feel safe especially during the holiday season.
"We are trying to get them out of the child welfare system as quickly and as safely as possible into a permanent home," said Whittaker. "During Christmas, for them to exit the foster care system to get in a safe permanent situation."
She also says it's a tradition for some of the participants to come out to the race, and help the different organizations.
Luke Stanley says he wanted to help other kids who might not have the same things he does.
"I would just like to run for them and stuff like that," said Stanley. "It's okay to have great expectations and good to help a lot of people."
Anyone who wishes to donate to CASA of Southwest Oklahoma directly, you can contact them at 580-248-CASA, or look them up online at casaswok.com.