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Rotary reaching out to help family

POSTED: January 9, 2009 10:16 a.m.
Hinesville residents Ceferino and Lonnie Gandia-Acosta and their family are having to cope with the death of their daughter during the holidays.
According to family friend Johnny Ryals, baby Ramona was only 4 months and 12 days when she was found dead in her crib, probably from sudden infant death syndrome.
“It’s really hard because it happened right there at Christmas time,” Ryals said.
The Hinesville Rotary Club is trying to lighten the load a little for the Gandia-Acostas. In an effort to help the family, club members have set up an account with The Heritage Bank so residents can donate.
Ryals said making things harder on the family, because of the recent economic slump, Lonnie recently lost her job at Jennifer’s Big Apple. The circumstances have left the family struggling to pay funeral and other associated costs.
“It’s a family that lost a child during a critical time of year. When everyone else is celebrating the birth of a child they are dealing with the loss of a child,” said Tony Leischen, Rotarian and family friend. “It’s a hardship most people can’t understand.”
Ches Merritt with Heritage said the account was opened on Christmas Eve and anyone can donate at any of the bank’s branches.
“Anybody can take the deposit,” Merritt said.
He said when making donations, residents should mention that the money is to go into the Hinesville Rotarians fund.
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