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FISH needs support to help island residents

By Staff | Apr 9, 2009

It’s no secret that FISH (Friends In Service Here) is very important to many Islanders. For 25 years, FISH has embraced the belief that neighbors will always help their fellow neighbors. Each day, FISH volunteers comfort neighbors that are elderly or disabled and living on a fixed income in a world of rising costs. They lend a hand to their neighbors who do not drive but still need to go to doctor appointments, the grocery store or the bank. They support their neighbors who has lived and worked on our Islands for decades and simply need a helping hand. It is good to know that there are people who are willing to assist their neighbors in times of need. Helping each other improves the quality of life for everyone.

FISH is grateful for the continued support of our community. FISH Volunteers help their Island neighbors by driving them to medical and dental appointments; delivering hot lunches and medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches; visiting them when they are ill, shut-in or lonely; and providing them with information regarding health, safety and security. Volunteers also staff the Walk-In Center. One of the most gratifying ways to enjoy our community is to give back to it. Many of our neighbors depend on the daily efforts of FISH.

In recent days, two of FISH’s programs have grown in importance – the Food Pantry and the Helping Hands Program. Demand for the pantry is up dramatically from last year, when we distributed over 16,750 lbs. of food. We are currently in need of donations for the Food Pantry, including essential items like diapers, paper towels, laundry detergent, toothpaste and shampoo.

During this economic crisis, we are also seeing an increase in families struggling to pay for housing, utilities, medical bills and food for the table. With the Helping Hands Program, case by case evaluations are made for those who need a hand up not a hand out. In past years, our Helping Hand program averaged 10 cases a year. Since January of this year, FISH has already received 32 new cases.

We are nearing the end of our annual Fundraising Campaign and FISH still needs your help. To contribute to FISH, support our programs and assist our neighbors, please mail the form below or stop by the Walk-In Center in the Village Shops at 2340 Periwinkle Way, Unit I-1, Sanibel, FL 33957

I would like to make a donation of to F.I.S.H. Enclosed please find my donation of $_______________

Name_________________________________________________________________________

Address_______________________________________________________________________

City__________________________________________ State____________Zip_____________

Phone_______________________________

E-mail ___________________________________

F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, Inc., 2340 Periwinkle Way, Unit I-1 Sanibel, FL 33957 . Call 472-4775