Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire Announces Holiday Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, Savannah’s eco-friendly and caring alternative to traditional junk removal, is holding a food drive to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia food bank.
“We chose this as The Junkluggers’ first official charity event because we are drawn to the synergy between organizations with the same purpose – helping those in the community,” said Trevor Hess, owner and president of the local franchise. “Our family has participated with and volunteers for Second Harvest, and it’s a charity we believe in and want to support.”
During November, Hess and his wife, Misty, who is also his business partner, will be asking customers to participate by donating non-perishable foods at the time of service. They hope to raise $2,400 and collect 15,000 food items.
The Junkluggers will then deliver the donations to the Second Harvest food bank on Friday, Dec. 8. The warehouse and distribution center serves more than 300 non-profit and faith-based agencies throughout 21 counties in Coastal Georgia.
“The food bank distributes more than 12 million pounds of food throughout Coastal Georgia to help relieve hunger each year,” Hess said. “Not only does this help families in need, but it also rescues truckloads of food that retail businesses might otherwise discard into the waste stream.”
It is estimated that food procured by Second Harvest represents a savings of greater than $19 million dollars in food costs for its partner agencies, which allows them to provide other services to those in need.
“Our mission is similarly aligned to the food bank’s in that we believe in donating first, recycling next and avoiding landfills as much as possible,” Hess said. “As an eco-friendly, caring alternative to traditional junk removal, our goal is to protect the community we live in by sorting everything we put on the truck for donations, recycling and disposal, with the landfill always being the last stop for any items removed.”
Junkluggers is committed to presenting monthly donations to local charities and is developing partnerships with several local causes and non-profits. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.
MORE ABOUT THE JUNKLUGGERS OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
The Junkluggers of the Coastal Empire, owned by Trevor and Misty Hess, serves as an environmentally friendly junk removal company for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan and Liberty counties in coastal Georgia, plus Jasper and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. The company offers same day and next day appointments. Specializing in both residential and commercial clean-outs, Junkluggers accepts everything from furniture to construction debris, including office equipment, heavy machinery and appliances. All luggers are background-checked and professionally trained, and the company is insured with 100 percent property damage protection. The company is committed to partnering with local charities in service to the community as well as providing public education on issues such as recycling, donating and repurposing. For more information, please call 912-712-0227 or visit www.junkluggers.com.
Putting Hunger Out of Business
By Mary Jane Crouch
What does hunger in coastal Georgia look like? It’s a mother of three, juggling multiple jobs to afford daycare and feed her children; an elderly man living on social security and attempting to pay for the expensive, life-saving medicines he needs to survive; a child struggling to concentrate in class after eating a candy bar for breakfast.
Considered one of the most prosperous nations in the world, the United States has an abundance of food resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that Americans throw away 29 percent of all food that is grown, manufactured and processed in the U.S. This might imply that we have enough to waste, yet according to the Georgia Food Bank Association, 18.7 percent of Georgians are food insecure, which means they aren’t guaranteed their next meal.
Over 700,000 children in Georgia live in food insecure households, and consequently, one in four children in Georgia does not have access to food.
Georgians are not ignoring this paradoxical issue, especially here in the greater Savannah area. Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is initiating creative ways to feed hungry people while strengthening local communities. Established in 1981 in Savannah and now serving 21 counties, Second Harvest distributes over thirteen million pounds of food to 151,000 people through 275 non-profit partners. By utilizing the food bank to distribute resources, our partners save more than $9 million annually, which enables them to strengthen their programs and help more people in need.
These initiatives provide support for all ages, from our community’s very youngest to some of the area’s most seasoned citizens.
Kids Cafe, now a nationwide program, started in Savannah almost 30 years ago as a response to two young boys searching for food in a local housing project. Today, Chatham County has 45 Kids Cafes that serve over 3,200 hot evening meals to children during the school year. The cafe also provides children with tutoring and structured learning games during after school hours. And the program continues to expand. During the summer months, more than 6,000 meals are served daily at over 50 locations.
Second Harvest also has an outreach program geared toward the elderly, a group that is often overlooked in discussions of those at-risk for hunger. Brown Bag for the Elderly provides emergency food assistance to low-income seniors. Each month, volunteers pack 1,500 bags of food, which are delivered to seniors who struggle to make ends meet and must often decide between food and medication. Brown Bag for the Elderly provided 18,000 bags of food to at-risk seniors in 2016 alone.
The Partner Distribution program provides food to homeless shelters, congregate feeding programs, pantry programs and backpack programs for children. In 2016, the food bank provided more than 13.2 million pounds of food through these nonprofit organizations.
Even with these programs, some communities are still not reached. In an effort to provide food to these under-served areas, a Mobile Food Pantry distributes fresh food directly to low-income areas in rural communities with the assistance of volunteers.
The numbers speak for themselves. At a bird’s eye view, Second Harvest distributes over 9.6 million meals annually, providing nourishing options through Kids Cafes, brown bags to low-income seniors, a food pantry on wheels, and hundreds of caring partners. However, none of this could be accomplished without support from our sponsors, allies, and volunteers.
Despite our success at feeding more and more families each year, we hope to grow our programs to serve those outside of our reach. Second Harvest will continue to provide that next meal to someone in need. Our goal: putting hunger out of business.
Mary Jane Crouch is the executive director of Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Established in 1981 in Savannah Georgia, Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer-driven non-profit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at-risk for hunger throughout Southern Georgia. For more information, visit www.helpendhunger.org
(JASPER CO.) NRAM Collision Center, owned by Peacock Automotive, will collect donations for disaster relief efforts to help the citizens of Puerto Rico. A 53-foot trailer was brought to the Collision Center, located on S.C. 170 in Ridgeland, S.C., and will be available for community members to deliver donations until Thursday, Oct. 12.
Wish list items for this donation drive include nonperishable foods, general medical supplies, flashlights, batteries, bug repellent, garbage bags, camping cots, canned dog and cat food, gas generators, and hygiene items. Cash donations will also be accepted.
Joanie Iaco, NRAM Collision Center manager said, “One of our technicians at the Collision Center, Pedro Coriano, has three family members who lost their homes in Puerto Rico. At Peacock Automotive, we support all of our team members and their families, and we hope the community will rally to support this cause as well.”
The donation collection is being organized by Coriano’s church, El Santuario De Savannah. This container is one of eight placed around Savannah and Hilton Head. Once filled, the trailer will be shipped to Puerto Rico through the Port of Savannah.
The former New River Auto Mall, established in 2002, is doing business as “Peacock Auto Mall.” As part of the Peacock Auto Mall, the NRAM Collision Center will be rebranding to Peacock Collision Center later this month. The street address is 1667 N. Okatie Highway, Ridgeland, S.C., 29936.
For more information on the donation drive, and for a full list of shipping container locations, visit https://www.facebook.com/iglesiaelsantuariodesavannah/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 20 automotive franchises in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, and employs more than 600 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at the New River Auto Mall that covers 45 acres on U.S. 278, five miles east of Interstate 95 at Exit 8 in South Carolina. At the NRAM location, 13 brands are featured, including Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Genesis, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Ram, Subaru and Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Savannah Volkswagen and Alfa Romeo & Fiat of Savannah; Jaguar Land Rover Columbia in Columbia, S.C., and its subsidiary Peacock-Griffey Automotive owns Peacock Subaru and Peacock Ford in Orlando, Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the NRAM Collision Center and the New River Wellness Institute in South Carolina. In September, NRAM will celebrate its 15th anniversary with the launch of a new name and logo. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Savannah Area Dental Offices Present Donation to Kids Cafe at Second Harvest Food Bank
Canfield presented the donations to Kids Cafe, which consisted of non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, granola bars, peanut butter crackers, macaroni and cheese, cereal, juice boxes and water.
Kids Cafe, a program of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia, provides children who are at risk for hunger, a safe haven during the school year where they can get a nutritious dinner, tutoring and homework assistance. Its services are proven to increase the likelihood that these children will complete their education and participate in extra-curricular activities.
Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence can prevent various health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, iron deficiency and dental cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
“A child needs healthy eating options for proper growth and development,” Canfield said. “We are proud to be able to donate these goods to Second Harvest. Their program is changing the lives of these kids.”
The Georgia Food Bank estimates that more than 700,000 Georgia children live in households without adequate food. Kids Cafe, which began in Savannah in 1989, now serves more than 3,200 children each day at sites in Appling, Bulloch, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall and Wayne counties.
Kids Cafe is nationally recognized for its balanced evening meals and the mentoring opportunities it offers.
For more information on Canfield’s offices, visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/. For more information on the Kids Cafe, visit http://support.helpendhunger.org/home.cfm/page/Our_Programs/Program/Kids_Cafe.html
ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/
Cinnamon Bear Presents Check to MARNE
The Cinnamon Bear Stores Presents Donation of More Than $1,000 to Marne Community and Spouses Club of Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Cinnamon Bear Stores, a family-owned group of high-end gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years, has donated $1,040 to the MARNE Community and Spouses’ Club of Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, a 501©3 non-profit, social and welfare organization that supports the military community through social outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants.
The donation came from proceeds raised during the Cinnamon Bear Stores grand opening celebrations for their new location in the Twelve Oaks Shopping Center, 5500 Abercorn St.
“Opening our store in this new destination location offering more upscale merchandise is exciting, but having the opportunity to partner with a local organization that helps our military and their families is truly an honor,” said co-owner Michael Snaid. “We were blessed by the turnout for our grand opening celebrations, and we are so excited to share this good fortune with the Marne group.”
The Cinnamon Bear offered an additional 15 percent discount during the grand opening to those with a valid military ID.
“This is huge for our group,” said Nina Elison, president of the Marne group. “The only way we can make a difference in this community is with the help of local businesses and our partners. Michael and Lynne have been very supportive of our mission, and we are most thankful that they chose to celebrate their grand opening by giving back to us.”
This is the first of a series of events planned by Cinnamon Bear to support the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club. The retailer also plans to launch a holiday writing contest for families of Marne.
During the past two decades, The Cinnamon Bear Stores have become a frequent stop for families vacationing along the Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida coasts with locations at Harbour Town on Hilton Head, City Market and River Street in Savannah and at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.
Along with other Cinnamon Bear stores, the new location offers award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books. The new store also offers luxury brands including Brighton, Vera Bradley, Life is Good, Spartina, Lampe Berger Paris, Baggallini and Beatriz Ball.
For more information on the Marne Community and Spouses’ Club, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/
ABOUT THE CINNAMON BEAR STORES
The Cinnamon Bear Stores is a family-owned group of upscale gift markets serving the Southeast for more than 20 years. With locations in Hilton Head Island, Savannah and Amelia Island, The Cinnamon Bear Stores feature award-winning gourmet products, gifts, toys and books; along with a variety of ice creams, coffees and slushies. For more information, contact Michael Snaid at 912-492-6046 or Michael@CinnamonBearStores.com; Lynne Snaid at 912-484-0695 or Lynne@CinnamonBearStores.com; or visit online at https://cinnamonbearstores.com
ABOUT THE MARNE COMMUNITY AND SPOUSES CLUB
The Marne Community and Spouses Club is a non-profit social and welfare organization whose mission is to support Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield families and the greater Marne community. Each year the club contributes to the local community and military families in the form of community outreach, academic scholarships and welfare grants. For more information, visit http://www.marnecommunityclub.com/
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Corinne Howington of Low Country Dermatology presented $500 to the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. This donation was made possible by proceeds raised during the inaugural skin cancer awareness excursion, “Melanoma, Take a Hike!”
The event took place through the scenic trails of Skidaway Island State Park during the high afternoon sun in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month which is designated by the American Academy of Dermatology to raise awareness about the risk of skin cancer and increase the chances of early detection. Along the way, Dr. Howington and her staff shared prevention techniques for melanoma and answered questions from participants.
“With events like Melanoma, Take a Hike!, we hope not only to prevent skin cancer by teaching people how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays,” said Dr. Howington, “but also to support those organizations, like the Anderson Cancer Institute, who are fighting cancer’s devastating effects every day.”
The Anderson Cancer Institute provides cancer screening, diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, support services and long-term follow-up for cancer patients. Their disease management teams specialize in breast, colorectal, urology, melanoma, thoracic, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal, and gynecologic cancers.
Dr. Howington is a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. She and her staff also distributed SPF 30 sunscreen, which has been shown to prevent the onset of some types of skin cancer by 80 percent.
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.
Dentist Angela Canfield Donates Mouth Guards to Bethesda Academy Football Team
Sandfly Family Dental Presented Custom-Made Mouth Guards to Students at Bethesda Academy in Savannah
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah dentist Angela Canfield, with Sandfly Family Dental, donated custom-made mouth guards to the Bethesda Academy football team for its 2017 season, made in the school colors of navy and gold.
Canfield and Dental Assistant Kim Jackson went to Bethesda to take impressions of each players’ teeth.
Custom-made mouth guards provide stability to the players’ jaws and cushion blows that can cause severe dental injuries such as broken teeth, fractured jaws, gum lacerations and injuries to their lips or tongue.
“Evidence shows that properly fitting mouth guards can reduce impacts that lead to concussions and other severe injuries,” Canfield said. “Anything I can do to protect local athletes from severe injuries is worth my time and expertise, and I’m happy to help.”
The full fitting, molding and examination of each player’s mouth guards usually cost $440. With 44 players on the Bethesda team, Canfield donated approximately $19,360 in mouth-protection gear to Bethesda Academy students.
The mouth guards have a one-year warranty that covers dental expenses incurred by players who are injured while wearing the mouth guards. The warranty also pays $1,093.75 per injured or replaced tooth and up to a maximum total liability of $35,000 per incident.
The American Dental Association estimates the use of mouth guards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries a year in high school and college football.
This marks the 4th year Canfield picked a local sports team to receive free mouth guards as part of the Canfield Mouth-Shield Program. Applications for the 2018 Canfield Mouth-Shield Team should be submitted to her office. Applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 1 to be considered.
ABOUT DR. ANGELA CANFIELD
Dr. Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentist. She owns and practices at two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs in Rincon at 5871 HWY 21 South and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/.