CITY OF ORANGE BEACH: Orange Beach businesses step up to provide Ukrainian orphans a memorable visit

City of Orange Beach issued the following announcement on Aug. 24.

Orange Beach business owners took Southern hospitality to a whole new level on Tuesday, August 21, stepping up to provide 10 orphans visiting the U.S., with Roads of Hope, a reason to smile.

Looking to help Joe Savage, founder and executive director of Road of Hope, provide fun experiences for the orphans visiting for the month of August, Orange Beach Logistics Coordinator Chris Litton contacted local businesses and they jumped at the opportunity to help.

Captain Jeremy Perry and the crew of the Sunny Lady gave the group a free dolphin cruise. Lane and Ginny Gilbert hosted the group for lunch at Ginny Lane at The Wharf. Gelato ice cream followed lunch, courtesy of Southern Grind. Then it was free rides on The Wharf’s Ferris wheel and some miniature golf.

“I tell you the community really stepped up and did a good job in providing for these kids without any hesitation,” Litton said during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 21. “Where these kids come from it’s an absolute hole in the ground. It’s just horrible, horrible conditions there and they got to live like kings for a day here in Orange Beach. So I just want to say thank-you to the community and the people who stepped up. I know there’s a lot more people out there who would’ve said yes if I had asked but I couldn’t get past the first five to have any additional need there. It really made me proud to get to be part of that here today.”

Later in the week, the 10 orphans who range in age from 6 to 15 visited Alligator Alley in Summerdale as well thanks to owner Wes Moore.

Debbie Williams from WKRG-TV interviewed Joe Savage during Tuesday’s trip and the report can be found at

"They have more than 100 thousand orphans in Ukraine alone and it should not be," Savage told Williams. "The bad people target children who are orphaned because they have no parents looking out after them. So, we try to become those parents for those kids, protect those kids, put them in our homes or find families for them to live with."

Williams’ WKRG report went on to say that kids age-out of orphanages in Ukraine at the age of 16. Many end up on the streets, in the grips of human traffickers or worse, according to Savage.

To help Roads of Hope, individuals can donate to the cause, sponsor an orphan or host an orphan. For more information, visit

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