Island community adopts family
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva reported on a married couple, island workers for over seven years, with five children. They both work hard by providing services on Sanibel and Captiva, sometimes working as many as four jobs at a time to make ends meet. Due to a recent medical emergency, the family has had a rough time getting back on its feet. In late summer, their son broke his arm in a fall. Although most of the expenses were covered by the couple’s medical plan, they still had a large sum of medical and living expenses to pay. Unfortunately, this occurred during the slowest work time of the year, and both parents had to miss some of their few work hours to care for their son. Through the F.I.S.H. Adopt a Family program, a generous donor was matched with the family and provided all the children gifts for the holidays. The mother stated: “I’m so thankful for what F.I.S.H. has done for my family. Without their help, I don’t know what my situation would be. I’ve received school supplies for my children at the beginning of the school year and now have a beautiful box of toys. I know my children won’t be expecting any of this Christmas morning. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give them this wonderful surprise. Thank you to everyone at F.I.S.H. for all they do.” The family also will participate in F.I.S.H.’s Food Pantry Program and Children’s Backpack Program. For more information, contact Executive Director Alicia Tighe at 239-472-4775.