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Realtors pitch in for Victim Witness

POSTED: December 23, 2013 7:33 p.m.
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Heather Wadrose of the Effingham Victim Witness Assistance Program, far left, accepts a $1,000 check from Savannah Area Realtors president Donna Davis. They are joined by other SAR members, around just some of the food and gifts the realtors association donated to seven Effingham families.

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The Savannah Area Realtors association had a lengthy Christmas shopping list this year, and received a priceless feeling for filling it.


The SAR provided food and gifts to families in need in Effingham, Chatham and Bryan counties, including donations to seven families who are clients of the Effingham Victim Witness Assistance Program.

“Anything they asked for, they got,” said Savannah Area Realtors president Donna Davis. “We tried to hit everything on the list that the parents or the child wanted. We tried to make sure that we really gave them a great and wonderful holiday.”


Along with the seven families “adopted” in Effingham, the SAR helped 22 families through the Chatham County Safe Shelter and 15 children through the Bryan County Children’s Fund, according to Davis. Each of the three county agencies also received $1,000 checks from the realtors association.


The SAR made its delivery to Effingham on Wednesday, piling up presents in the Effingham Victim Witness Assistance Program office and groceries in the conference room. Asked to estimate the value of the donation, Davis said she “wouldn’t even begin to fathom” the dollar amount.


“I feel like it’s a small way of giving back for a community that gives so much,” said Lisa Mock, who along with Carmen Cribbs co-chaired the Effingham campaign. “These are families that desperately need it, and a lot of times they’re forgotten about.”

Surveying the stacks of donated gifts and food, EVWAP victim services coordinator Heather Wadrose told the SAR representatives, “I don’t have words for your generosity. Our families are thrilled. This is going to bring Christmas to households that otherwise might not have had it.”


One of those households is Jacqueline Lunsford’s. She sought EVWAP’s assistance after leaving an abusive relationship.


Lunsford said she has since lost her job and her bills are piling up. She and her two sons, ages 7 and 8, have had to move twice since September.


“We’ve lost everything,” she said. “If it wasn’t for this program, my kids wouldn’t have anything.”

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