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Zonta collections support local organizations

By Staff | Aug 7, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Zontian Judy Baran with a carload of donations.

The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently held a drive to collect items to help several non-profits that the club has a service relationship with. Zontians Judy Baran and Kelly Turnage organized the effort, asking the membership to consider donating any of the following:

– Items for the Back-to-School Supplies Program and Senior Boxes project for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva

– Dresses and accessories for the annual “Love That Dress!” fundraiser for the Lee County PACE Center for Girls

– Craft supplies for women in recovery programs at SalusCare of Fort Myers

Fifteen Zontians contributed to the success of the drive. They gathered items from family, neighbors and co-workers, placing them in bags outside their front doors. The donations were picked up by Baran and Turnage using safe distancing, then organized and delivered to the non-profits. Several members also provided monetary contributions for F.I.S.H.

PHOTO PROVIDED Some of the donations for F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva's new Senior Boxes project.

The school supplies drive netted numerous bags of items to help defray the expense of needed supplies for school-aged children whose parents have had their work hours cut or have been laid off. Senior Boxes will be packed with donated puzzles, activity books and other items to ease the isolation felt by elderly F.I.S.H. clients during these many weeks of staying at home.

Zonta helped the PACE Center for Girls edge toward its 4,000-item goal for its upcoming fundraiser with donations of over 45 new and gently-worn dresses, at least 20 pairs of shoes, 16 handbags and numerous other clothing pieces, plus accessories including jewelry. The items were organized and delivered to the Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market on Sanibel, an official drop-off location.

SalusCare received a variety of arts and craft supplies, including paper, drawing pads, crayons, markers and colored pencils. Baran reported that, “The women and teens in recovery programs will have the opportunity for many creative activities with the donated supplies.”

“Thank you to our Zontians for stepping up to fill a need and strengthen bonds with our hard-working service organizations,” she added.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, visit www.zontasancap.com or follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook or on Instagram at @zontasancap.