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FISH seeks residents to adopt a family

By Staff | Dec 11, 2009

Jackie is a single mother of 3 young children. She moved to Sanibel two years ago to be near her ailing father. Since her father’s passing six months ago, Jackie is struggling to make ends meet. Jackie works at a local retail shop during the day and waitresses 3 nights a week. Still she struggles to make ends meet. Monthly expenses of rent, utilities, health insurance and car payments leave very little for groceries. With the holidays upon us, Jackie is worried that her children will not have a Merry Christmas. Would you like to adopt Jackie’s children for Christmas?

Tom and Mary came to Sanibel 10 years ago. While Tom worked for a local landscape company, Mary cared for their 2 children and worked weekends. Tom is unable to work now due to advanced cancer. Mary now works more hours, but without Tom’s income, the family is struggling. Mary and Tom know that they will not be able to afford a Christmas tree, holiday clothes for the children, or presents under the tree. Would you like to adopt Tom and Mary’s family for Christmas?

If you would like to help a family or individual in need this Christmas season, please call FISH at 472-4775.

F.I.S.H of Sanibel, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer run organization assisting Sanibel and Captiva islanders and visitors with a wide range of services. For more than 28 years FISH 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.

A monthly Friendly Faces Luncheon is also sponsored by FISH. The Walk-In-Center, which opened in September 2007, is staffed with volunteers, meeting with individuals and families, and providing information on the services FISH provides as well as services provided by others.

FISH relies on community support to fund all programs including a subsidized meals program, maintaining equipment, overhead for the Walk-In-Center, and an emergency financial assistance program for individuals and families. FISH accepts unopened, unexpired food items which are delivered directly to island families in need.

The Walk-in-Center is located in the Village Shops at 1630 Periwinkle Way, Unit B. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.