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Fox & Weeks going pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by using a pink version of its logo for all published obituaries in the Savannah Morning News. Unfortunately, breast cancer has touched the lives of too many families, and the Fox & Weeks family has not been spared from the effects of this awful disease. By “pinking” the Fox & Weeks logo to accompany each obituary in the Savannah Morning News, the funeral home hopes to raise awareness for Breast National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Coastal Empire. This annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October strives to build raise funds for research as well as promote prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. Go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation to learn more about ongoing research to find a cure for breast cancer and make a donation to this important cause!... read more

Fox & Weeks honored to partner with Hospice Savannah for Senior Safari

Fox & Weeks was honored to participate in serving a Mother’s Day tea at Hospice Savannah on September 19 as part of the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging’s Senior Safari. the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging is a unified network of individuals and organizations whose purpose is education and advocacy for the senior community. The Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging was founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1989. Realizing the numerous issues concerning older adults and the lack of education available on these issues led to the unification of our efforts. Senior Safari is an annual event that takes place each September, and member organizations of the Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging host themed parties around the city as a fun, inexpensive way for seniors to get together. This year’s theme is “Our Home for the Holidays” and each event incorporates a particular holiday theme. Fox & Weeks has been privileged to sponsor Hospice Savannah’s Senior Safari events for the past three years, and this year was another wonderful chance to give back to the community. Funeral director Robin Hattaway attended with Holly Weeks Geriner, Tonya Carey and Alan Tanner.... read more

Fox & Weeks presents York Children’s Foundation grants to local organizations

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors presented York Children’s Foundation grants to the Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center and the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism during the first week of September. The grants totaled $1,500 and Fox & Weeks has now awarded more than $11,000 in York Children’s Foundation grants since 2012. Each time a family purchases a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the York Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased and the accumulated funds are distributed quarterly through an application process to area non-profits benefitting children and children’s causes. Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) is a private, non-profit agency that provides a safe, confidential and child-friendly site for free investigative and therapeutic services to victims of child abuse. CCAC opened in 1992 to offer a neutral, free standing facility where law enforcement agencies can come together on behalf of child victims and witnesses to help decrease the trauma a child suffers when being interviewed about being the victim of a crime or witnessing a crime. The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism is dedicated to the care and education of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through partnerships with existing medical, educational and community services, MRC provides special programs to enhance the quality of life for these children, and the Advance Academy at MRC Our is an accredited program designed to provide students with ASD the opportunity to reach their full academic potential. “Both of these organizations provide our community’s children with much needed resources, and the services they provide are irreplaceable,” said Fox & Weeks vice president Scott Weeks. “We are fortunate to be able to contribute to helping both of these organizations continue to achieve their respective missions.” The York Children’s Foundation is affiliated with the Mathews International Corporation casket division and has delivered millions of dollars in grants throughout the country since its introduction in the early 1990s, and Fox & Weeks is the only funeral home in the area actively participating in the York Children’s Foundation program. The purpose of the York Children’s Foundation is to support non-profit organizations dedicated to children, and any organization in the Coastal Empire with the primary purpose of providing for children’s needs is eligible to apply for a York Children’s Foundation grant. To qualify for a York Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed towards the welfare and benefit of children. Visit York Children’s Foundation for more information about the York Children’s Foundation and to review the application process.... read more

Fox & Weeks presents York Children’s Foundation grant to Union Mission

SAVANNAH – Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors presented a York Children’s Foundation grant in the amount of $750 to the Magdalene Project at Union Mission in August. The Magdalene Project is a 22-bed shelter for women and children that offers immediate temporary housing for those in the most need and provides necessary school supplies for children in need. Each time a family purchases a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the York Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased and the accumulated funds are distributed quarterly to area non-profits chosen through an application process. The York Children’s Foundation is affiliated with the Mathews International Corporation casket division and has delivered more than $2 million in grants throughout the country since its introduction in the early 1990s. Since beginning its participation in the York Children’s Foundation program in 2012, Fox & Weeks has awarded nearly $10,000 in grants to charitable organizations in the area dedicated to supporting children and children’s causes. “The money Union Mission received from Fox & Weeks and the York Children’s Foundation will be used to supply the homeless children that we serve with clothing and school supplies,” said Union Mission Emergency Services Manager Jeanette Ortiz-Andreou. “We at Magdalene Project want to ensure that our homeless children are prepared and have the needed supplies so that they may be successful in school. We thank Fox & Weeks for this donation.” Fox & Weeks is the only funeral home in the area actively participating in the York Children’s Foundation program. The purpose of the York Children’s Foundation is to award grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children, and any organization in the Coastal Empire with the primary purpose of providing for children’s needs is eligible to apply for a York Children’s Foundation grant. To qualify for a York Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed towards the welfare and benefit of children. Click York Children’s Foundation grant application to learn more about the York Children’s Foundation and review the grant application.  ... read more

Admit it – you matter to a lot of people and deserve a funeral

Have you ever heard an older person say something like, “Don’t fuss over me when I die,” or “Just throw me in a ditch when I’m dead?” We accept their statements as expressions of not wanting to burden their family with the planning, cost, etc … but they may really be saying something else to us. Have you ever thought that what they’re really saying is “I’m not sure if my life mattered enough … I’m not worth anyone’s time … Would anyone even go to my funeral?” In other words, they are crying out, “Will someone please tell me that I mattered?!”   Everyone is horrified at the stories on the news where a body is found in a ditch – it’s tragic, unthinkable, and disrespectful. So, is that what these people think they deserve? It’s hard to believe, but some people do. These sentiments can become problematic for the person’s family as well. Many families are looking to honor the wishes of their loved one and when permission is not given to honor the body or “fuss” over them, the family can feel guilt when more is wanted or deny their grief-needs altogether. Families who do want to have a ceremony of some kind have had moving or significant prior experience. There, sadly, seem to be more families who have had the opposite experience. Perhaps they attended a funeral where the officiant said the wrong name, or they just find the experience too boring or sad. They have been denied the experience of a “good funeral” and therefore skip all manner of ceremony. Their last act in honor of their loved one is a signature in an office when it could be waiting with the casket as it is lowered into the earth or escorting their loved one to the crematory and being present for the moment of release. So why do people say things like “throw me in a ditch” and laugh, and what does it imply about our emotional approach to death? At our core, there is a deep desire for others to pay attention to our lives. The need to matter is a big part and knowing with certainty that other lives were better because of ours are big parts of “being at peace.” In Doug Manning’s book “The Funeral” that describes his own father whose only wish was for the stereotypical pine box plus ditch, Manning comments that this is something “all men seem to feel the need to say, even though they don’t mean it.” He goes on to write, “I finally told [my dad] that the funeral was my gift to him and, if he did not mind, I would decide what kind of gift I would give. He was pleased and relieved. From that day on, we had to go through the funeral step-by-step every time I was with him.” Manning gave his dad the gift of knowing that someone would make much of his life, that someone wasn’t going to toss him in a ditch because his life really mattered. How many families would come through a funeral home’s doors with a different mindset if they had only said to their loved one, “Look, we want to have a funeral for you, because you’ve meant so much to us and we... read more

Matt Weeks a celebrity bowler for Savannah AMBUCS Bowlapalooza

Fox & Weeks Vice President Matt Weeks is proud to be a Celebrity Bowler for the 2014 Savannah AMBUCS Bowlapalooza on October 11 at Savannah Lanes on Tibet Avenue. In 1965 the Savannah Chapter of AMBUCS established a bowling league for special needs children and the league was eventually expanded to include all ages. In 2012, the Savannah AMBUCS chapter re-introduced the special needs children’s bowling league and has dozens of participants each week. Bowlapalooza is one of the biggest fund raisers each for Savannah AMBUCS and helps provide the organization with the resources to continue helping physically challenged children and adults. AMBUCS™ is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people disabilities. Local Savannah AMBUCS members fulfill our organization’s mission by: – Providing funding for weekly adult & monthly adolescent bowling leagues. – Providing AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles to individuals unable to operate a conventional bike. – Awarding college scholarships for therapy degree programs. Click the Savannah AMBUCS website and scroll down to Matt’s photo to contribute to the campaign!    ... read more

Fox & Weeks presents grants to Savannah area children’s charities

SAVANNAH – Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors awarded four York Children’s Foundation grants to children’s charities in Savannah this summer. The grants totaled $2,750 and were awarded to , The Savannah Early Childhood Foundation, Royce Learning Center and Park Place Outreach. Each time a family purchases a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the York Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased and the accumulated funds are distributed quarterly to area non-profits chosen through an application process.   The York Children’s Foundation is affiliated with the Mathews International Corporation casket division and has delivered millions of dollars in grants throughout the country since its introduction in the early 1990s. Since beginning its participation in the York Children’s Foundation program in 2012, Fox & Weeks has awarded more than $5,000 in grants to charitable organizations in the area dedicated to supporting children and children’s causes. The purpose of the York Children’s Foundation is to award grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children, and any organization in the Coastal Empire with the primary purpose of providing for children’s needs is eligible to apply for a York Children’s Foundation grant. To qualify for a York Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed towards the welfare and benefit of children. Please call Fox & Weeks at 352-7200 for more information about the York Children’s Foundation application process.  ... read more

Fox & Weeks supports Dustin Dauphinee Scholarship Golf Tournament

Fox & Weeks was proud to support the Dustin Dauphinee Scholarship Golf Tournament again in 2014! The tournament was played on June 7 at Henderson Golf Club and more than 30 teams signed up to play! All the proceeds from the tournament will go to the Dustin Dauphinee Scholarship Fund to to provide a scholarship for an rising junior at Calvary Day School who strives to live the life that Dustin Dauphinee lived. This is an amazing event to remember a very special young man, and Fox & Weeks is always thrilled to be a part of it! Return to All Blog Posts... read more

Fox & Weeks presents York Children’s Foundation grant to Chatham Academy

Fox & Weeks presents York Children’s Foundation grant to Chatham Academy at Royce Learning Center SAVANNAH – Chatham Academy at Royce Learning Center in Savannah was selected earlier this year to receive a $500 grant from the York Children’s Foundation through Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors. The York Children’s Foundation is affiliated with the Mathews International Corporation casket division, and to date the organization has contributed more than $2.2 million to mostly community-based children’s charities throughout the country via quarterly grants. Each time a family purchases a casket at Fox & Weeks, a portion of the cost is donated to the York Children’s Foundation in the name of the deceased and the accumulated funds are distributed quarterly to area non-profits chosen through an application process. Fox & Weeks is the only funeral home in the area actively participating in the York Children’s Foundation program and has now distributed more than $2000 to local non-profits serving children’s needs since 2012. Royce Learning Center has received two York Children’s Foundation grant awards through Fox & Weeks, and other recipients include Park Place Outreach and Savannah/Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. Royce Learning Center is the only comprehensive educational facility specializing in learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and other barriers to learning in the Savannah-Chatham County community. Chatham Academy’s mission is to create an educational environment for students and families with learning differences by going above and beyond the normal standards of care and education to provide exceptional outcomes. “Royce Learning Center has been an invaluable resource for our community for more than four decades, and we feel privileged to be able to contribute to a facility that has helped so many students and families,” said Fox & Weeks Vice President Scott E. Weeks. “Being able to offer support to organizations like Royce is what the York Children’s Foundation is all about, and it’s why we believe strongly in participating in this grant program.” The purpose of the York Children’s Foundation is to award grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting children, and any organization in the Coastal Empire with the primary purpose of providing for children’s needs is eligible to apply for a York Children’s Foundation grant. To qualify for a York Children’s Foundation grant through Fox & Weeks, an application must be submitted and an organization’s activities must be primarily directed towards the welfare and benefit of children. Return to All Blog Posts... read more

 

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