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Area business installs free lights for CASA
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Cochran Brothers Electric Company installed LED lights in CASA’s basement for free.

Cochran Brothers Electric Company installed lights in the basement of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates office.

When the CASA/Edmondson-Telford Center was built in 2009 at its current residence on Washington Street in Gainesville, the basement was left unfinished for future growth needs. 

Over the last three years, CASA volunteers Dian Hatfield and Jessica Green have developed this empty space into a clothing center for foster children. Shelves were built, donated racks were added, and clothing sizes were expanded until they now go from newborn to adult.

CASA volunteers and foster families have been able to find needed clothing for many foster children. One problem persisted: Volunteers had difficulty sorting through donations with the dim lighting, and as a nonprofit agency dependent on grants and donations for operating expenses, CASA did not have money to make improvements.

Retired engineer David McNeilly, who originally drew the electric plans pro bono when the office was built, heard about this need and contacted his friend Stanley Cochran.  Cochran arranged for Hicks Electric and Utility Supply Company to donate 20 LED light fixtures worth $2,200. His company, Cochran Brothers Electric Company, provided the electric material and installed the light fixtures, which normally would have cost $3,370, at no charge. 

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