Chatham County Employee STARS & Project Lifesaver

Chatham County is faced with a growing epidemic that is affecting our children. Imagine having a healthy baby only to be diagnosed 18 months later with autism spectrum disorder. This epidemic will affect 1 out of every 155 children born in the United States. Here in Chatham County an estimated twenty-five babies are born each year with this disorder.

Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, problems with verbal and nonverbal communication, and unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests. Autism can be detected as early as 18 months. It is also affects more boys than girls. Early intervention is the key to providing the children and their parents with needed resources.

Chatham County Employee STARS (Shining Together Achieving Results) have banded together to form a special fundraising project. Project Lifesaver is an international organization that assists communities by purchasing a mobile locater tracking system for local law enforcement agencies. This device is used in conjunction with a wristband receiver that is placed on the arm of a loved one. When caregivers notify local law enforcement that the person is missing, a search and rescue team responds within minutes. These devices are used for individuals who may have Autism, Down Syndrome, Alzheimer’s or persons with special needs.

The focus of the Project is to raise funds to purchase the tracking device but also to raise awareness for Autism. We believe that it is important to educate the public on Autism and to provide information regarding resources in Chatham County.

Become a partner in fighting this epidemic. Here is how you can help.

There will be upcoming fundraisers including a Boston Butt Sale, Butter Braids and other fundraisers. We are also collecting other products and services for raffles. Monetary donations can be made to Chatham County Sheriff’s Department STARS for Project Lifesaver and mailed to the following address:
Chatham County Sheriff’s
Attn: Lee Sikes
1050 Carl Griffin Drive
Savannah, GA 31405

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