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Need knows no ‘off-season’

By Staff | Sep 10, 2009

For many of us, the Labor Day holiday is an annual tradition comprised of a three-day weekend marked by beach outings and barbeques, gatherings with family and friends and a celebration of the end of the summer season.

But just because summer may be over – actually, autumn doesn’t officially start until Sept. 22 – doesn’t mean that we’ve entered an “off-season.” Locals across Sanibel are already busy preparing for the upcoming snowbird influx and holiday season, when tourists and year-round residents alike flock to our sanctuary island and enjoy a bounty of beautiful beaches, splendid shopping and fine dining unmatched anywhere in Southwest Florida and beyond.

However, there is a small but infinitely important group of Sanibelians who may be finding things a little harder to live through.

The clientele of F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here) of Sanibel – a non-profit, volunteer run organization assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of support services – have everyday needs that require some assistance. Those needs requires their participation 365 days per year. Thus, they have no “off-season.”

For almost 30 years, F.I.S.H. has been a “neighbor helping neighbor” by offering services of non-emergency transport on and off the island, a daily hot meals program, temporary loan of health equipment, in-home visitation, person-to-person telephone calls, hurricane preparedness information and health care referral service.

Now, perhaps more than ever, they need your support.

We would like to ask of our readers to give whatever they can to support the needs of F.I.S.H. and their ever-growing list of clients. Be it a bagful of canned goods or non-perishable food items (which can be dropped off at their new Walk-In Center at 1630 Periwinkle Way, Unit B, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday) or a monetary donation of whatever amount you can spare, any support you may be able to offer will go a long way to helping your fellow islanders in need.

For additional information, visit the F.I.S.H. Web site at www.fishofsanibel.com or call 472-4775.

– Reporter editorial