Georgia Ports employees pose with staff from Savannah/Chatham CASA during the wrap-up of GPA’s gift drive for children under the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. Find print-quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority photo)
Savannah, Ga. – December 13, 2018 – Employees of the Georgia Ports Authority helped make the holidays a little brighter for dozens of Savannah-area children Thursday.
For the past 16 years, GPA employees have delivered wrapped gifts for youths in the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). This year GPA employees provided gifts for 72 children.
“The Georgia Ports is honored to take part in a program that helps children across our community who are in the most need of care and support,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. “Hopefully a small thing like a Christmas gift will remind children who may be going through difficult situations that their community cares for them.”
Each GPA gift-giver sponsored a child by filling wish lists with holiday goodies. Gift suggestions included clothes, toys, dolls, bikes and games. Case workers at CASA supply the GPA with wish lists for children and youth of all ages.
CASA volunteers stand up for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected. Appointed by judges, they speak up for the child’s needs in the courtroom and community.
“CASA is grateful for the ports who have sponsored more than 70 of our children this holiday season,” said Kate Blair Executive Director, Savannah/Chatham CASA. “Because of their generosity, the children we serve, will wake up to a Christmas morning they will never forget.”
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 439,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $25 billion in income, $106 billion in revenue and $2.9 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8.5 percent of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017.
For more information, visit gaports.com, or contact GPA Chief Communications Officer Robert Morris at (912) 964-3855.