The Dewitt Tilton Group Delivers Holiday Meals to Thunderbolt Fire and Police Stations

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The Dewitt Tilton Group Delivers Holiday Meals to Thunderbolt Fire and Police Stations

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group prepared and delivered holiday meals to the first responders and staff at the Thunderbolt fire and police departments.

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Andrew DeWitt and Chris Tilton, owners of The Dewitt Tilton Group, with Sean Clayton, Thunderbolt Chief of Police.

Because first responders are always on the move, the meals were delivered in to-go boxes for easy transportation. Chris Tilton and Andrew Dewitt, principals of The Dewitt Tilton Group, personally packed the boxes and hand-deliver them.

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Baleigh Youmans, Administrative Assistant; Andrew DeWitt, Co-owner; Chris Tilton, Co-owner; Kim Thomas, Director of Operations.

The meals included turkey, stuffing and sides with all of the fixings of a home-cooked meal. Altogether, over 30 first responders and staff members received a meal.

“Police and fire departments serve around the clock, even in our little town of Thunderbolt,” said Tilton. “This is our way of saying thank you to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe.”

MORE ABOUT THE DEWITT TILTON GROUP:
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier commercial construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantee a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

CONTACT
Kim Thomas
Dewitt Tilton Group
912-777-3404
kim@dewitttiltongroup.com

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Savannah’s Oelschig Nursery Installs Advanced Technology

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Savannah’s Oelschig Nursery Installs Advanced Technology

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Southeast’s oldest floral and landscape nursery has gone high tech. Founded in 1882, Savannah’s family-owned and -operated Oelschig Nursery, Inc., was recently outfitted for the 21st century by Speros, a full-service technology company in Savannah. The upgrade allows the business to maintain better client data as well as track and control inventory.

Oelschig's Nursery

Fourth generation CEO Kurt Oelschig realized that the business needed a fully integrated system to better serve customers and track inventory. “We went to Sperosbecause we needed new computers but they also provided new point-of-sale computers and a new server computer that archives client data as well as hosts email and bookkeeping software,” said Oelschig. “We added a high definition surveillance camera system to monitor inventory, provide security and ensure safety.”

The surveillance system ensures and monitors the safety of employees, inventory, trucks and other equipment on the grounds. The computer upgrade assures faster and more accurate vendor orders along with a speedier checkout process; the enhanced customer record technology also offers a history of past purchases plus recommendations for automatic reorders.

As a wholesale-only horticulture business, Oelschig Nurseryhas served the floriculture needs of the coastal Southeast for over a century. Specializing in bedding plants for seasonal color and holiday crops for Easter and Christmas including Poinsettias, lilies, and Dutch bulbs, Oelschigsalso has a family and employee honored tradition of supporting non-profit organizations in the Savannah, coastal Georgia, and South Carolina communities it serves.

ABOUT SPEROS
Established in 1984, Sperosprovides technology solutions for businesses, offering telephone systems, IT services, surveillance systems, web design and branding solutions and cloud computing. Sperosteam members continually stay updated on leading-edge, certified technologies to maximize solutions and ensure businesses succeed in this fast-paced, technology-driven world. For more information, visit www.speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

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Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
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Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

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Five Ways to Make Holidays Happier for Children with Different Abilities

By Dr. Ben Spitalnick, Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, Board of Directors

Every parent wants the holiday season to be a special, joyous time for their child, and parents of children with different abilities or special needs usually have to take a couple of extra steps to ensure the holidays are just that.

To help along the way, the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society offers five tips to help make the holiday season run smoothly and keep your kids happy.

1. Prepare Your Child
Your child wants to know the plans for the holiday season as much as you do. To reduce stress and prepare your child for upcoming activities, explain what you’ll be doing, who will be there and what the schedule is for the day. Write down the schedule for them and include pictures.

2. Prepare Your Family
Remind your family of the needs of your child. If there are other little ones, ask their parents to talk to them about your child’s differences. This can help reduce confusion and will foster a sense of understanding. It might help, a few days before everyone gets together, to send family members an informational email with 10 things to know about your child.

3. Bring Familiar Toys
The holidays are a chaotic time. Familiarity will help your child remain calm and feel comfortable. Bring his or her favorite toy, book or something that soothes your child at home. When things get a little too crazy, that may help your child feel comfortable.

4. Ask For Help
Don’t feel guilty for asking for help. Every parent needs help, and you do too. Explain the needs of your child to another family member or two and ask them to step in when you need a break. Explain to your child, too, that this person will be playing with them or watching them for a few minutes while you are busy.

5. Let Your Child Help
Preparing for the holidays can be stressful, but if you let your child help, you can create family traditions and keep everyone a little happier. Give your child a task such as greeting everyone at the door or stirring the sauce. This will keep your child focused, reduce his or her stress levels and give you an extra hand.

To create a happier time of celebration, we encourage all parents of children with different abilities to prepare their little ones a bit extra this holiday season. These small proactive measures can do a lot to help your child adjust to large crowds, new situations and days off-schedule. We hope this will make your holiday season a little jollier.

Dr. Ben Spitalnick is managing partner of Pediatric Associates of Savannah and currently serves as Representative for the Savannah area to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Spitalnick is from North Atlanta and is a graduate of the University of Georgia, received his medical degree from MCG, and did his Pediatric Residency at Memorial Health University here in Savannah. He serves on the board of directors for the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society.

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Sandfly Business Owners Present Toy Donation to Urban Hope and the West Broad Street YMCA

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Sandfly Business Owners Present Toy Donation to Urban Hope and the West Broad Street YMCA

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of December, Dr. Angela Canfield and ten businesses in the Sandfly community held a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA.

Used toys were collected at Sandfly Family Dental for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. The Kids Helping Kids Program started in 1981. Traditionally operating through the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the program collects used toys and then distributes these toys at no cost during the annual Miracle on May Street holiday toy giveaway.

“The West Broad YMCA, located at 1110 May St., is focused on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities,” said Tom Campbell, who founded the Kids Helping Kids Program in 1981. “To see the excitement on the family’s faces when they get a toy for their child right before Christmas solidifies that this service is making a difference. In the last 36 years, the Kids Helping Kids Program has collected well over 300,000 toys for Savannah families.”

New toys were also collected for Urban Hope. Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means.

The following Sandfly Women Business Owners’ businesses participated in the new toy drive as dropoff locations for Urban Hope: Advertising Specialty Services; Savannah Power Yoga; Herb Creek Landscape Supply; Cents & Sensibility; Tequila’s Town; Driftaway Cafe; Sandfly BBQ; Sandfly Framing; and Annabelle’s.

Wishlist items for Urban Hope included children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

“Christmas is such a happy time of year for so many of us,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “There are some children in our community who aren’t in the same situation as us and who may not receive a Christmas present. Both of these programs are so impactful in our community.”

Sandfly Family Dental Presents Toy Donation to YMCA in Savannah

(LEFT TO RIGHT): Tom Campbell, West Broad Street YMCA Kids Helping Kids Program, Reagan Alexis Canfield, and Dr. Angela Canfield of Sandfly Family Dental

ABOUT WEST BROAD STREET YMCA 
Established in 1942 to address the recreational and social needs of the then-segregated African American communities, the West Broad Street YMCA now serves several thousand children and families each year, offering education, recreation, health and social support to those who need it most. The West Broad Street YMCA places special focus on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities by providing affordable and high-quality education and health-focused programs designed to serve and engage children, teens, adults and senior citizens. For more information, please visit http://www.westbroadstreetymca.org/

ABOUT URBAN HOPE
Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means. For more information, please visit https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/

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 Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 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/

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Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Low Country Dermatology Presents Donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

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Low Country Dermatology Presents Donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology presented over 30 donated gifts to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire, marking the fourth straight year the practice has held a holiday donation drive to benefit the non-profit.

The donations raised by Low Country Dermatology will help stock a “holiday store” for families who use the Ronald McDonald house.

“The last thing a parent with a child in the hospital wants to do is leave his or her child, get into the crowds and go gift shopping,” said Dr. Corinne Howington, who owns Low Country Dermatology. “I know that our community can ease the burdens these parents are facing right now by giving back to these individuals and spreading the joy of the season.”

Items donated to the holiday store allow parents who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House to select presents for their children and other family members.

“We strive to make our patients and families as comfortable and at home as possible all year, but particularly during this season,” said Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House. “Dr. Howington helps us to do just that, and we are so appreciative that she garners community support for the individuals in our care and their families.”

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates with a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

Low Country Dermatology Presents Donations to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Dr. Howington (Left) of Low Country Dermatology presented approximately 30 gifts collected during the business’ holiday donation drive to Bill Sorochak (right) of the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

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.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501©3 community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 16-member board of directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities© of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 30 years ago in 1987, over10,200 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 290 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

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Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
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912-665-0005

Cinnamon Bear Stores Announces Winners of ‘Red, Write and Thank You Christmas Contest

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Cinnamon Bear Stores Announces Winners of ‘Red, Write and Thank You Christmas Contest

One Family Taking New York City Christmas Trip Before Deployment

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ki Ventura, a fourth grader from Waldo Pafford Elementary School has won a writing contest sponsored by Cinnamon Bear Stores for military children and their families to win a trip to New York City.

A panel of judges consisting of the Cinnamon Bears leadership team, principal and vice principal at a local school and one respected English teacher selected Ki from among more than 50 entrants to win the two-day, one-night trip to New York City, $500 spending money and tickets to The Lion King musical.

The ‘Red, Write and Thank You Christmas Contest’ was open to children ages 6 to 12 who have a family member who will be deployed during the holiday season.

The children’s hand-written essays were submitted on one of the following topics: “I’m proud of my parent, grandparent, sibling because…”; “I would like to win this NY Christmas Trip because…”; “Christmas in the USA is special to me because…”.

“All of the contest entries we received were ‘wows,’ and it was increasingly difficult to choose a winner, which is why we formed the panel,” said Michael Snaid, co-owner of the Cinnamon Bear Stores. “Ki’s essay talked about his family history in the military and how he wants to honor that history. It was very moving.”

Gaby Kenard, a second grader from Savannah, placed second and received a $100 gift certificate to the Cinnamon Bear Stores. Jackson Daniel, a fifth grader from Fort Stewart, placed third and received a $50 gift certificate.

Ki and his parents will leave for New York on Dec. 10 from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

For more information, visit https://cinnamonbearstores.com

Cinnamon Bear Christmas Contest Winner Ki Ventura & Store Owner Michael Snaid

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

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Cecilia Russo Marketing
savannahpublicrelations@gmail.com
912.856.9075

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announces Toy Drives for Savannah Families

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Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announces Toy Drives for Savannah Families
New and Used Toys Being Collected for Urban Home and the West Broad Street YMCA

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the month of December, the Dr. Angela Canfield and the Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition will hold a toy drive for the children of Urban Hope and families at the West Broad Street YMCA. From Friday, December 1 to Thursday, December 14, bins will be set up at six of Sandfly businesses for community members to drop off wishlist items.

New toys are being collected for Urban Hope. Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means.

The Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition would like to give the children in Urban Hope’s program toys for Christmas, and the group is asking the public to help make this possible.

Wishlist items for Urban Hope include children’s books, coloring books, toy trucks, building blocks, multicultural dolls, musical toys, play dough sets, large piece puzzles, pull toys, sports equipment, board games and art supplies, including glue sticks, markers, scissors and stickers.

Individuals may drop off new toys at the following Sandfly Women Business Owners’ locations:
Sandfly Family Dental, 7360 Skidaway Rd #2
Advertising Specialty Services, 402 E Montgomery Cross Rd
Savannah Power Yoga, 7360 Skidaway Rd #J-3
Herb Creek Landscape Supply, 7402 Skidaway Rd
Cents & Sensibility, 7360 Skidaway Rd #4
Tequila’s Town, 7360 Skidaway Rd #G1 & #G2

Used toys will be collected for the Kids Helping Kids Program of the West Broad Street YMCA. The Kids Helping Kids Program started in 1981. Traditionally operating through the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, the program collects used toys and then distributes these toys at no cost during the annual Miracle on May Street holiday toy giveaway.

“The West Broad YMCA, located at 1110 May St., is focused on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities,” said Tom Campbell, who founded the Kids Helping Kids Program in 1981. “To see the excitement on the family’s faces when they get a toy for their child right before Christmas solidifies that this service is making a difference. In the last 36 years, the Kids Helping Kids Program has collected well over 300,000 toys for Savannah families.”

Wishlist items for the Kids Helping Kids Program include new or gently used toys, clothes and books. For families that would like to donate their used toys, Sandfly Family Dental (7360 Skidaway Rd #2) will have a collection bin for the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.

“Christmas is such a happy time of year for so many of us,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “There are some children in our community who aren’t in the same situation as us and who may not receive a Christmas present. Both of these programs are so impactful in our community. Please come out an support Savannah’s families during the holidays.”

For more information about these toys drives, contact Dr. Angela Canfield, Sandfly Family Dental, at 912.826.4037.

Dr. Angela Canfield & Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announce Toy Drive for Savannah Families

Dr. Angela Canfield & Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Announce Toy Drive for Savannah Families

ABOUT URBAN HOPE
Urban Hope has a 17-year history of reaching out and embracing the children of Savannah’s at-risk communities. By providing a warm, caring, structured and safe environment Urban Hope provides the children who participate in it’s free After School or Summer Camp programs the opportunity to receive academic and developmental support through a variety of means. For more information, please visit https://www.urbanhopesavannah.org/

ABOUT WEST BROAD STREET YMCA 
Established in 1942 to address the recreational and social needs of the then-segregated African American communities, the West Broad Street YMCA now serves several thousand children and families each year, offering education, recreation, health and social support to those who need it most. The West Broad Street YMCA places special focus on serving the children and families of Savannah’s west side public housing communities by providing affordable and high-quality education and health-focused programs designed to serve and engage children, teens, adults and senior citizens. For more information, please visit http://www.westbroadstreetymca.org/

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 Premier Dental Designs in Rincon, 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/

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075