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F.I.S.H. of San-Cap to provide holiday baskets

By Staff | Oct 23, 2019

Thanksgiving is often celebrated as a day of abundance and thanks by gathering with family and friends. For those struggling to meet everyday living expenses and keep food on the table, however, it can often lead to stress and sadness. The annual F.I.S.H. Holiday Basket Program helps make the holidays a bit more joyous for island neighbors needing a hand up.

Thanks to donors, community partners and volunteers, baskets of stuffing, rolls, fresh and canned vegetables, pies and a gift card to purchase a turkey or other holiday protein will be assembled and distributed for the holiday. Recipients are selected by the F.I.S.H. Social Services Department and are generally known through participation in other programs.

This year, F.I.S.H. anticipates 100 holiday baskets will be distributed. Basket distribution will take place on Nov. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Nov. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Each year, we receive many requests from our neighbors who need help during the holidays. It warms my heart to know that we can help in this way,” Walk-In Center Manager Maria Espinoza said.

While shelters and churches around the region serve traditional holiday meals, F.I.S.H.’s Thanksgiving basket allows families to celebrate in their own homes. Some items are donated, while others are purchased with funds designated to the program.

Fresh pies, generously donated by the Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Women, will be added to the holiday baskets again this year. The group has supported the program for many years.

If you know someone in need of a holiday basket, contact Maria Espinoza at 239-472-4775.