We want to give a special thanks to some of our very best and brightest neighbors – the rocket scientists, researchers, technicians and other support personnel at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

They took time – between building space craft and studying the Earth, sun, solar system and universe – to make the holiday season merrier last December for foster children in Prince George’s County.

We thank these NASA employees for reaching into their pockets to collectively buy gifts for foster children and, in the process, show these children – who have been abused, neglected and abandoned – that they care.

“With neighbors like these – truly among the best and the brightest – we can and do make a difference,” said Ann Marie Binsner, our Executive Director.

CASA/Prince George’s County was among the charities that benefited from Goddard’s end-of-year celebration last December. Sponsored by the center’s Flight Projects Directorate and its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the event drew about 200 people.

“Whether it be through education outreach or charitable efforts, the people of NASA Goddard are not only passionate about helping our nation through scientific discoveries, but we are also a close knit community that looks out for one another,” said Celina Hanewich, a NASA employee who helped promote the event.

“We will definitely be holding another End of the Year Celebration this December,” Ms. Hanewich said. “I plan to recommend that CASA be one of the charities we support again.”

We ask all those in Prince George’s County to think of foster children and, when possible, to support them. We appreciate it. More importantly, they appreciate it.