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Savannah’s gun violence epidemic is a public health threat

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Savannah's Gun Violence Crime Problem Public Health Issue

(UPDATE: A 12-year-old Savannah boy named Keith Passmore was shot dead Saturday night Nov. 22. That means three children were shot in three different shootings in Savannah in less than one week.)

This week, two different shootings of Savannah children serve as horrific reminders of this city’s gun violence epidemic.

Kiaja Smalls, 2, was shot dead Tuesday night while sleeping in her Savannah Southside apartment.  The shots were fired from outside the apartment.

On Thursday, a Savannah 6-year-old girl was shot during a domestic dispute. She suffered non-fatal injuries.

Imagine if these cases involved another consumer product other than guns.

Imagine if Kiaja died because of a malfunction in a crib or if she swallowed a laundry detergent pod. Then we would hear from various health and public safety advocates about how to prevent such deaths along with tips about keeping our children safe.

However when it comes to gun violence as a public health issue - we rarely hear from the medical community about how to prevent gun violence.

Even though there are about about 11,000 homicides, 19,000 suicides and more than 2,000 fatal accidents involving guns every year nationwide.  That’s an average of 88 gun deaths per day.

We’d love to see Savannah physicians become more active in counseling patients and the public about firearm safety and working to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms, in the same way that they work to reduce injuries and deaths from poisonings, smoking, motor vehicle traffic accidents, incorrectly installed car seats etc.

For example, how many pediatricians regularly tell parents that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the safest home for children is one without guns?

Health experts – we would love to talk to you about Savannah’s gun violence epidemic and to get your input about what we as parents can do to prevent these shootings from becoming the new normal. Please contact us at anne@southernmamas.com

Funeral donations
Donations are being accepted for the funeral expenses for Kiaja Smalls, 2, who was shot and killed Tuesday night inside a Savannah apartment. The family says donations will be accepted at any local Wells Fargo Bank. A gofundme page has also been set up for the family: http://www.gofundme.com/hid3wk

Discover Hope for Autism with Tyneise Seaborough, Savannah Autism Specialist & Author

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

autism resources support Tyneise Seaborough Savannah Hope for Autism book Tyneise Seaborough, Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist, releases new e-book, “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”, as an answer to the many questions posed daily by parents desperately seeking ways to simplify the lives and daily tasks of their children living with autism.

This book addresses topics such as making eye contact, sleeping, trying new foods, homework, play skills, tantrums, communication, waiting, toileting, and transitions.

Incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach, Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges, allows the reader to:
*Discover the appropriate way to develop social stories, a visual guide that presents information in a story format to help children with ASD learn daily routines, expectations, procedures, and behavioral standards.
*Gain access to the M-CHAT-R (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers), a scientifically validated screening tool used to assess the risk of ASD in children 16 to 30 months of age.
*Obtain insight from a host of specialists in designated fields such as feeding, vision, dental, clinical psychology, applied behavior, and speech therapy, just to name a few.
*Get connected to social networks, support groups, and local/online resources.
*Be empowered from practical solutions and the insightful interviews from a variety of specialists.

Download your copy today on Amazon for only $3.99.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to request Tyneise to speak at your next event, please contact TYNEISE SEABOROUGH at (912)401-4105 or Seaborough.events@live.com.

Connect with Tyneise  on Facebook here. 

Subscribe to the Hope for Autism webpage today at www.hopeforautism.info

Autism Specialist & Pediatric Occupational Therapist Tyneise Seaborough, author of new e-book,  “Hope for Autism: 10 Practical Solutions to Everyday Challenges”, www.hopeforautism.info, (912)401-4105, email Seaborough.events@live.com On Facebook here.  Tyneise Seaborough is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

Uncle Maddio’s will donate 10% of daily sales Thurs. Nov. 6 to a Savannah toddler with disabilities

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Uncle Maddio's Fund Raiser Join Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint in Savannah on Thursday November 6th, 2014 to help a 2-year-old Savannah girl.

Maddio’s is hosting an all-day fundraiser to help the Duke family with their medical bills for their daughter Emma. Emma is a toddler (2 years old) who suffers from an immune deficiency, extensive nerve damage and a severe spine abnormality.

Having already gone under countless costly procedures, Maddio’s staff hope to lessen the financial burden on the family by hosting a fundraiser in her honor.

Let the cashier or pizza maker know that you are here to support the Duke family, then Maddio’s will donate 10% of the sales from your lunch or dinner back to the family.

Maddio’s will also be selling raffle tickets for $3 which will give customers the opportunity to win 1 or 3 $30 gift cards.

Trivia will also happen at its regularly scheduled time (7pm).

Maddio’s is centrally-located at Abercorn St. & Mall Blvd. next to the new Jared.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, 7805 Abercorn Street #2, Savannah, 31406, (912) 777-4479 emailabercorn@unclemaddios.com, On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. Uncle Maddio’s is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

You’re invited: 17th Annual SMA Angels Charity Ball, Nov. 15, Savannah

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

SMA Angels Charity Ball Savannah 2014The SMA Angels Charity Inc., a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a treatment or cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), is pleased to present the 17th Annual SMA Angels “High Hopes” Charity Ball on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 6 PM in Savannah.

Individual tickets are $80. Various sponsorship levels are available. All proceeds benefit the fight against Spinal Muscular Atrophy and help support local families.

The 17th Annual SMA Angels Charity Ball will take place at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd., where guests will enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with live entertainment by the Swingin’ Medallions band, dinner music provided by Roger Widener and a silent and live auction with auctioneer Matt Mattingly.

The SMA Angels Charity was founded in 1999 by the friends and family of Cassie and Skylar Swanson, twin sisters who were diagnosed with the most severe form of SMA five months after birth in 1997, to help raise community awareness and money for research devoted to finding a cure or treatment for SMA.

Read about the amazing Richmond Hill family with twin daughters born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) by clicking here.

A devastating neuromuscular disease, SMA is the number one genetic killer of children under two. At present, there is no cure or treatment.

“Parents of children diagnosed with SMA are often told that their child will never sit, walk or stand and most likely die before the age of two,” said Becky West, a 16-year member of the SMA fundraising committee. “Families with SMA children will never have the opportunity to experience a normal child’s upbringing. SMA Angels Charity has worked tirelessly over the past 17 years to improve quality of care for these children and help them participate in many of life’s exciting experiences. They feel all children deserve quality care and quality of life.”

For more information about SMA Angels Charity and to order tickets, please visit www.smaangels.org, call (912) 727-4SMA or email smacharity@aol.com.

ABOUT SMA ANGELS CHARITY INC.
SMA Angels Charity is a 100% volunteer, non-profit charity that was inspired by two amazing little girls, Cassie and Skylar Swanson. They were born March 7, 1997 and, at five months, were diagnosed with the deadly disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). These beautiful identical twins inspired not only their family, but a community of friends. Determined that no parent should ever again hear, “Your child, will never sit, stand or walk and they will die before the age of two,” this charity began its fight against SMA. The organization helps provide support for the crucial research to find a cure or treatment for SMA; sponsors investigation into the best quality of care for children with SMA; provides medical equipment and supplies to families of children with SMA; and continues to work to spread awareness and education about this deadly disease. For more information, please visit www.smaangels.org, call (912) 727-4762 or email smacharity@aol.com.

Make an impact & read with Pulaski Elementary School students, Savannah, Oct. 28

Monday, October 20th, 2014

volunteers needed to help Savannah public schools Here’s a chance to give back to the families of our troops who serve us so well and make an impact on Savannah schools.

Join Michelle Nunn in a service project reading with children from Pulaski Elementary School. 45% of the children that attend Pulaski are children of active duty military members and civilians working on the base.

Date: Tuesday, October 28th
Time: 1-3:00 PM
Location:
Pulaski Elementary School
1001 Tibet Ave
Savannah GA
31419

Please make sure that if you plan to attend to RSVP by clicking here.

Pee Wee Rodeo benefit for Urban Hope, Savannah, Nov. 22

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Pee Wee Rodeo Savannah 2014Urban Hope’s 1st Annual Pee Wee Rodeo presented by Moves with a Purpose

Join Urban Hope for a fun filled day of all things cowboy and cowgirl. The Pee Wee Rodeo will introduce children to the fun and unique lifestyle of the rodeo. Children will be able to participate in rodeo events using a stick horse. There will also be pony rides, arts and crafts from Scribble Art Studio, farm animals and cowboy/cowgirl demonstrations.

Children younger than 2 can take part in a special “kiddie corral”. Food and beverages available for purchase from Molly MacPherson’s, Thomas “The hot dog man”, Leopold’s Ice Cream and Kona Ice.

All proceeds from the event will be benefit Urban Hope, a local non profit dedicated to giving children a free, safe, educational and loving environment after school and during the summer.

Date: November 22, 2014
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Red Gate Farms, 136 Red Gate Farms Trail
Cost: Adults $15, Children $10, 2 and Under are Free

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit urbanhopesavannah.org.

Kids Kickin’ for Cancer 2014, Oct. 23, Savannah

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Kids Kickin' For Cancer 2014

Savannah United presents Kids Kickin’ For Cancer, Thursday, October 23 2014 from 6-8pm at the Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex, 7221 Sallie Mood Dr Savannah, 31406

Everyone is invited to attend the family-friendly event to help us raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. There will be a silent auction, raffles, games, soccer, food and more.

Spread the word and bring your friends.

Learn more here. 

You’re invited: Family-Friendly Concert Fundraiser with Savannah kids’ band Made to Love, Oct. 3, Savannah

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Made to Love Savannah kids' band Come see this Savannah kids’ band – Made to Love – open for Savannah Christian Church lateChurch Band aka The Modern End & support a great cause.

6:45 PM this Friday Oct. 3 @ The Porch @ 17 E. 31St St., Savannah. Learn more here. 

The live concert is a benefit to help send the McHargue of family of Savannah (Dove, Amber & their identical red-headed triplets Lex, Brody & Collin) to serve with PROeM Ministries in Poland for the month of December. They will be helping to bring Savannah Christian’s The Journey to Poland.

Made to love logoDoors for the benefit open at 6:45pm. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door(credit cards accepted) and everyone who donates will get a thank you gift.

Snacks and refreshments will be available.

There will also be a silent auction featuring an afternoon Sailing Adventure, Surfing Lessons & goodies from Jumping Jacks.

Learn more about the McHargues’ upcoming mission trip here.

Learn more about Savannah Christian Church’s ministries in Savannah and around the world at www.sccgo.com and by liking the Savannah Christian Church Global Outreach page on Facebook.

“Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” movie & Pee-wee Herman look-alike contest to benefit ailing Savannah musician & new dad, Lucas Theatre, Sept. 27

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure screening in Savannah to benefit Savannah father, musicianThe Lucas Theatre in downtown Savannah proudly presents famed director Tim Burton’s feature film debut: the beloved, family-friendly comedy Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, starring Paul Reubens as the iconic, perpetually childlike Pee-wee Herman. Rated PG. 92 minutes.

7 PM Sat. Sept. 27 2014
Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Savannah 31401

Special Benefit for Ailing Local Musician Keith Kozel

This special screening is a benefit for area musician, songwriter, new father, and longtime Vinnie Van Go-Go’s employee Keith Kozel (frontman for Savannah rock bands Superhorse and GAM), who, despite an extremely healthy lifestyle was diagnosed five years ago with Type 2 MPGN, a degenerative kidney disease.

After a debilitating stroke and over 20 visits to both the Mayo Clinic and Emory Hospital, both of his kidneys are now in the final stages of failure. Keith has been forced to leave his job and now requires dialysis to survive.

He is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, but insurance will only cover a tiny fraction of the approximately $350,000 required for such a procedure.

This screening is the first in a series of public fundraisers for Keith. 100% of all proceeds from both voluntary donations at the door –you may give whatever you can– and raffle tickets (for valuable items to be given away before the show) will go straight to his ongoing medical expenses.

Keith is the husband of Carrie Christian, owner of Scribble Art Studio in Savannah/Pooler. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Zelia.

Admission is free, with a suggested voluntary donation of at least $5 for kids and $10 for adults — 100% of which goes directly to Keith’s medical fund.

Pee-wee Herman Look-alike Contest

There will also be a Pee-wee Herman Look-alike Contest with a team of judges awarding prizes to three winners (adult male, adult female, and child under 12) with the best Pee-wee costume.

Please make plans to attend this fun night of charity and laughter, and bring some friends. Help pack the Lucas for Keith — a local original!

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

An unexpected box-office smash when first released, this hilarious and head-scratchingly surreal motion picture has –in the intervening years– become a bona fide cult classic. Unfortunately, many people have never had the opportunity to see it as it was intended: on the big screen.

Co-written by Reubens and the late, great Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman, and boasting a score by the Oscar-nominated Danny Elfman, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure follows snarky, idiosyncratic man-child Pee-wee Herman on an epic, cross-country quest to find and rescue his most prized possession: his custom-made, fire engine-red bicycle. Along the way, he encounters an endless parade of oddball characters, visits the Alamo, and learns an awful lot about life, friendship, and love.

Please make plans to attend this fun night of charity and laughter, and bring some friends. Help pack the Lucas for Keith — a local original!

Don’t miss Happy Half Hour before every Lucas movie. From 6-6:30 enjoy half price beer and popcorn specials.

Savannah United TOPSoccer Program for children with special needs

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Topsoccer Savannah soccer for children with special needs Savannah United is excited to be offering a TOPSoccer program for children with special needs this Fall 2014.

TOPSoccer is a nationally known program that provides meaningful learning, developmental and physical participation opportunities through the game of soccer.

Registration is open and the first session will be September 27th.

To learn more about the program and to register please click here .

SSA Savannah United – One Vision. One Community. One Club., 912-691-2472 email: info@savannahunited.comwww.savannahunited.com Savannah United is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser