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SAVANNAH, Ga. - GeorgiaChron -- Savannah Maritime After Hours gifted a $1,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire (RMHC) during Christmas week. This marks the seventh consecutive year sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours have made a holiday donation to support the House and its residents.

The RMHC operates a local thirteen-bedroom house serving as a temporary home for children's families who are receiving treatment at local area hospitals. The organization also has Family Rooms in Memorial University Medical Center and St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital that provide laundry facilities, showers and a full-service kitchen complete with snacks and ready meals, among other services.

Members of the Savannah Maritime Association have raised money for the RMHC since 2013 through Savannah Maritime After Hours networking events, held on the first Wednesday of each month.

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"The service the Ronald McDonald House provides to these families with children in the hospital is so needed and the support its staff provides, especially during this holiday season, is more important now than ever," said Jed Young of Port City Logistics. "We thank our Maritime members, who have demonstrated steadfast support of the House's mission and make this gift possible year after year."

Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn of Savannah River Logistics and Jed Young of Port City Logistics presented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES© 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 local Ronald McDonald House provides a "home away from home" for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment at Children's Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 33 years ago in 1987, over 10,200 families have been served. The house currently serves approximately 320 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

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