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You’re invited to donate one item a month to Trinity Lutheran Church Savannah Homeless Outreach

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

homeless Savannah Chatham County Help

Trinity Lutheran Church Hearts of Compassion Helping Hands Ministry in Savannah invites the public to participate in their year-long 2021 drive to help the homeless and families in need.

“Year of Giving Hope.”
Each month during the year, a new needed item will be listed. All you have to do is drop off your item in the bin outside the church’s Clothes Closet @ 12391 Mercy Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31419.

The item for the month of February 2021 is hand wipes. (Please see below list for each month.)
If you have any questions please contact Jennifer Wolfe at (912) 507-4990.

January – Hand lotion or sanitizer
February – Hand wipes
March – Toothpaste and toothbrushes
April – Bar soap and deodorant
May – Sunscreen
June – Shampoo and conditioner
July – Nail clippers and files
August – Band aids, Neosporin, insect repellant
September – Underwear
October – Blankets
November – Backpacks
December – Hats, scarves and gloves

Savannah memorial to honor lives lost to COVID-19

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Savannah memorial COVID-19

The City of Savannah is inviting houses of worship, businesses and individuals to join in a national memorial for the lives lost to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

The City Hall bells will ring once for every 10 deaths in Chatham County at 5:30 p.m., and the building will be illuminated in red. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to ring bells, illuminate homes or businesses, hold a socially distant candlelight vigil and document their remembrance on social media using #SavannahRemembers and #SavannahStrong.

Savannah’s memorial will coincide with ceremonies in Washington, D.C., that will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. To date, more than 10,000 Georgians, including more than 240 Chatham County residents, have died from COVID-19.

Kid-friendly films in family program of Mountainfilm on Tour-Savannah 2021 Virtual Film Festival

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Mountainfilm Savannah family movies films 2021 festival virtual

The Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah 2021 Virtual Film Festival – a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Mountainfilm in Telluride, Colo.- is January 22-25 2021.

The 2021 event will feature a virtual screening of a feature film as well as a documentary short films program and a special family program, which consists of 8 inspiring short, kid-friendly films.  Find the film descriptions here.

Family Program tickets as well as tickets for the feature film Public Trust and the Adventure Shorts Program are currently on sale at mountainfilmsav.org. The virtual family program is available beginning at noon on Fri. Jan. 22 and will be available until noon on Mon. Jan. 25 2021.

Public Trust/Adventure Shorts Program tickets are $20 per individual and $35 per family. Family Program tickets are $10 per individual and $15 per family. This event is a fundraiser for Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah

All Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah 2021 virtual film programs will be available on-demand from January 22-25, 2021.

Learn more here. 

Help a Savannah mom of 5 whose story reflects local increase in first-time homelessness due to the pandemic

Friday, December 18th, 2020

This 28-year-old single mom and her five kids, ages 2 to 10, were forced to move from their Savannah rental home this past spring when Robinet’s hours were cut at her housekeeping job at the Courtyard Marriott and she could no longer afford rent.

Since then, she and her children have lived in roughly 15 Savannah hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her story is heartbreaking and reflects the increase in first-time homelessness in Savannah due to the pandemic.

Read this mom’s story here. 

Help this mom and her kids by donating here. 

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Bethany’s Happy Bags for the Homeless

Savannah’s number of people who are homeless for the first time is increasing. Here’s a way to get your children involved with volunteering to help.

Bethany’s Happy Bags for the Homeless in Savannah – started by Colleen Moultry and her daughter Bethany, a home-schooled first grader-  distributes care packages, which include a variety of supplies and a kind note for people who are homeless, to Savannah shelters and hand out on the street.

To volunteer, visit Bethany’s Happy Bags Facebook page or email Bethanyshappybags@gmail.com

How to help abused/neglected children in Savannah, Chatham County

Friday, November 13th, 2020

 

CASA Savannah Chatham County volunteer sessions 2020 virtual

You can change an abused or neglected child’s story.

Savannah/Chatham County’s nonprofit CASA program, part of a national program which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is in need of more volunteers to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in the court system.

This week’s SouthernMamas.com newspaper article spotlights how a Savannah CASA volunteer helped save a teen who ran away with a man she met online. Read it here. 

You, too, can become a CASA volunteer. Online CASA volunteer info sessions are held regularly.

Virtual informational sessions for volunteers
Thurs. Nov. 19 2020, 5:30pm
Thurs. Dec. 10 2020, 5:30pm

Register for the online info sessions on how to be a CASA volunteer here. 

CASA trains volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of judges in child abuse and neglect cases. A newly trained volunteer is appointed one case at first to research in depth. This involves talking to the children, relatives, teachers and others, attending court hearings, completing court reports and more. The volunteer then reports back to the judge with information gathered about what would be in the best interest of the child.

Abused or neglected children in the court system who have a CASA volunteer are more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to get more help while in the system, and more likely to do better in school.

Outdoor Movie Night “The Addams Family” in Savannah

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

You’re invited to an Outdoor Family Movie Night fundraiser for Family Promise of the Coastal Empire, 7PM Sun. Nov. 15 2020 @ Benedictine Military School in Savannah.

While theaters have reopened, many people may not yet feel comfortable patronizing enclosed spaces in close proximity to others due to COVID-19. But you can enjoy a showing of ‘The Addams Family’ on Sun. Nov. 15 in Savannah.

The movie starts at 7 p.m. at Benedictine Military School (BC), near the batting cages, 6502 Seawright Dr., Savannah. The event is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. Attendees can bring chairs, blankets, and snacks or picnics to enjoy while watching an outdoor screening of the “The Addams Family” on a large inflatable movie screen.

Stage Front Production Services donated their services and equipment for the evening, providing the audio-visual needs for the event, which will guarantee a high-quality show for all in attendance. Benedictine Military School offered the use of its property.

Proceeds from the Outdoor Family Movie Night will support Family Promise’s mission of assisting homeless families with children in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties.

For more information about Family Promise, visit www.familypromisece.org, email familypromise@familypromisece.org or call 912-790-9446.

Costume contest for dogs @ Humane Society for Greater Savannah Fall Fair 2020

Monday, October 12th, 2020

First annual Fall Fair for Humane Society for Greater Savannah
located @ Humane Society for Greater Savannah adoption center
7215 Sallie Mood Dr Savannah, 31406
Sun. Oct. 18 2020, 10AM-4PM
Local vendors, food trucks, petting zoo, pumpkins, costume contest, adoptable animals and more

To participate in the costume contest for dogs or people, stop by Costume Contest Booth. Enter in one or more of the following Categories.
1. Best Pet Costume
2. People+pet theme costume
3. Best DIY costume people
4. Best DIY Costume Pet
5. Best people costume

$5 to enter.

Proceeds benefit Humane Society. Prizes donated from the community.

Please practice social distancing and wear masks. There will also be markers on the ground to remain six feet a part all all times while shopping. A limited number of guests will be allowed in the yards to pet the animals.

Community helps COVID-stricken Savannah family after major theft

Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

Savannah COVID outreach

Our SouthernMamas.com newspaper column this week spotlights how the local community helped this COVID-stricken Savannah family (pictured above) after they experienced a major theft.

Read it here. 

Savannah’s Virtual Buddy Walk 2020 to support Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society

Saturday, September 19th, 2020

Help this Rincon 7-year-old raise money, awareness for Down syndrome during Savannah’s Buddy Walk 2020

This week’s SouthernMamas.com Savannah newspaper article spotlights 7-year-old Paisley Metz of Rincon, who has participated in every Savannah Buddy Walk since she was born. She’ll partake in the year’s virtual Buddy Walk on Oct. 3. Read the article here.

Virtual Buddy Walk, Oct. 3 2020, Savannah

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society 15th annual Buddy Walk will be Sat. Oct. 3, 2020.

Due to COVID-19 they had to create a virtual Buddy walk this year. You can continue this tradition of walking to help raise awareness and making change. Individual registration is $10.

Register online here.

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About LowCountry Down Syndrome Society

Since 2006, LDSS has grown from a group of a few families to an organization serving Savannah and the surrounding counties through events such as The Buddy Walk, The Night of Champions and Camp Buddy.

LDSS is a non-profit support group to benefit people with Down Syndrome and their families through local leadership in support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are regularly, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. Members are encouraged to bring their children. The group is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. http://www.ldssga.org/

Animal face masks to support Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Savannah

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

Oatland Island Face masks Savannah

Take a walk on the wild side with Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s new animal face masks.

Available in both child and adults sizes for $10 each. Choose from cougar, barred owl, gray wolf, and opossum.

Order online here.

Proceeds from Gift Shop sales support Friends of Oatland Island Wildlife Center’s mission to assist Oatland Island Wildlife Center in the day to day needs of animal care, preservation of the ecosystem, continuation of education programs and maintenance of the animal enclosures and grounds as a community asset.

Friends of Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser

(Savannah schools) St. Andrew’s School partners with Horizons

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

St. Andrew's School Savannah preK kindergarten Wilmington Island

St. Andrew’s School in Savannah will donate 75 iPads to Horizons Savannah this fall. The iPads will be distributed to students throughout Chatham County who participate in Horizons summer program.

“We believe this donation can really make a difference for students who may not have access to technology especially as many schools are beginning with virtual instruction this year,” said Kelley Waldron, St. Andrew’s Head of School. “We are fortunate to have a strong, supportive campus community and believe we also have a responsiblity in serving the greater Savannah
community.”

“Horizons is very fortunate to partner with St. Andrew’s School. In addition to this gift of technology for our students, St. Andrew’s provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all Horizons students and families each summer. Horizons students will use these devices to access distance learning from public school and also continue to be supported by our Horizons faculty through this transition.”

Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Savannah Christian Preparatory School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 300 under resourced students each summer.

Horizons is a transformative experience for young people in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building.

For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org.

You can also visit http://horizonssavannah.org/.

St. Andrew’s is an independent International Baccalaureate World School located in Savannah. For more information on the Pre-K 3 through grade 12 school, visit www.saslions.com or call 897.4941.

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Savannah Bananas game to benefit Friends of Oatland Island

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

FOO night Oatland Island Savannah Bananas

Are you ready to GO BANANAS??🍌🍌🍌

Now’s your chance to get tickets to The Savannah Bananas game AND support Friends of Oatland FOO, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the staff and animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

FOO Night at Grayson Stadium in Savannah is Tues. July 28 2020 and tickets are on sale NOW.

Let’s fill the stadium with FOO Fans and animal lovers – get your tickets 🎟before they sell out.

Attendance for all Bananas games are limited to half capacity for the season so this might be your best (or only!) chance to get tickets.

GO BANANAS WITH FOO. Order tickets online here. 

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Savannah Bananas game to benefit Friends of Oatland Island

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

Oatland Island FOO Bananas Savannah

Are you ready to GO BANANAS?? 🍌🍌🍌

Now’s your chance to get tickets to The Savannah Bananas game AND support Friends of Oatland FOO, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the staff and animals of Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah.

FOO Night at Grayson Stadium in Savannah is Sat. Aug. 15 2020 and tickets are on sale NOW.

Let’s fill the stadium with FOO Fans and animal lovers – get your tickets 🎟 before they sell out.

Attendance for all Bananas games are limited to half capacity for the season so this might be your best (or only!) chance to get tickets.

GO BANANAS WITH FOO. Order tickets online here. 

Oatland Island Wildlife Center is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser 

How to help a Richmond Hill family whose toddler drowned in pool

Friday, May 15th, 2020

Kaytee Robertson Richmond Hill drowning toddler

Maximus “Max” Robertson of Richmond Hill died this Easter weekend 2020 in an accidental drowning in a relative’s covered pool.

He was two weeks away from turning 2 years old.

This week’s SouthernMamas.com column in Savannah Morning News on Sat. May 16 is about what happened and what his mother, Kaytee Robertson, wants people with home pools to do to prevent drownings. Read it here.

This grieving family has received a lot of community support including from Kaytee’s fellow members of First Baptist Church Richmond Hill MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), a group Robertson joined three years ago. FBCRH MOPS set up a public online fundraiser for the Robertsons. Donations can be made online here.

Savannah Rotary Read-In 2020

Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Savannah Rotary Read-In 2020

The Rotary Club of Savannah needs volunteers to serve as community readers for the third annual Savannah Rotary Read-In on Wed. March 25 9-10:30AM to about 640 Savannah-Chatham public school classes. The event aims to improve literacy by encouraging the desire to read more.

Readers bring a new hardcover book and read it to their assigned class and interact with their students for about one hour. At the completion of your assigned time, you donate your book to the class library. You don’t have to be a rotary member to participate.

Learn more here.

A retired trucking company owner, Frank Moore Jr. of Savannah co-chairs this year’s read-in along with Nina Gompels .

“Savannah Rotary Read-In (SRRI) has been so successful in our community over the last two years due to the over 600 volunteers that invest just a few hours of their time reading to our youngest, most vulnerable students,’’ Moore said.

“By investing only a few hours, a volunteer will be part of the solution to turn the tide on our nationwide problem of declining literacy,” Moore said.

Moore believes improving literacy is an absolute necessity for our students and a cornerstone for their successful education.

“It is a responsibility for all members of our community to promote literacy,’’ Moore said.

(Savannah schools) St. Andrew’s School Kindness Project

Monday, November 11th, 2019

St. Andrew's School Savannah kindness project

St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Is. in Savannah invites the public to view and participate in a kindness project that is currently on display at the Islands Library, 50 Johnny Mercer Blvd, Savannah.

The collaborative project encourages individuals to pick a “kindness flower” and act on the words written on the leaf. The kindness project began as part of a summer camp at St. Andrew’s taught by parent Lea Lynch and artist Tiffany O’Brien.

“Tiffany created a beautiful display to serve as the backdrop for the project and students created tissue paper flowers with specific acts of kindness written on each stem,” said Lea Lynch. “The project really took off and the St. Andrew’s Lower School wanted to keep the kindness flowers blooming year-round.”

The school’s youngest students create the flowers from colorful tissue paper and the acts of kindness are the last component added before the flowers goes on the display board. Kindness acts range from sharing a smile with someone to taking the time to write and send a thank you note.

“Our students are busy making more flowers to keep up with the demand of people picking the flowers,” said Anne Weisel, Head of the Lower School.

The kindness project board will be at the Islands Library through the month of November. The exhibit travels to the Frank G. Murray Community Center for the month of January.

St. Andrew’s is an independent, International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Program. The school inspires students age three through grade 12.

For more information, visit saslions.com

St. Andrew’s School, 601 Penn Waller Rd, Savannah, 31410. 912.897.4941 ext 452, www.saintschool.com , email hellew@saintschool.com On Facebook here.   On Twitter here. St. Andrew’s is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser.