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Friends Who Care organizing gift collection program

By FRIENDS WHO CARE - | Dec 9, 2020

Friends Who Care is accepting donations for its gift collection program at various sites.

Assisting island residents since 1983, the organization provides help for children and adults in crisis-related situations. Friends Who Care works on an anonymous basis through information from local churches, schools and other caring individuals in the community.

Volunteers have joined in the holiday program at the Sanibel Post Office, Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, Sanibel City Hall, The Garden Club, ABWA, Bailey’s General Store, Jerry’s Foods, The Sanctuary Golf Club, Center 4 Life, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Bank of the Islands, Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ and Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva.

The service clubs — Sanibel-Captiva Kiwanis Club, Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club and Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club — have contributed funds in support of the organization. Other contributions come from private individuals who provide their time and effort to make youths and adults happy for the holidays.

Due to COVID-19, changes have been made for safety. This year’s schedule is as follows:

– Dec. 16: Sorting day at The Community House at 2 p.m. Limited to Friends Who Care staff.

– Dec. 17: Wrapping day at The Community House at 9 p.m. Additional precautions will be taken; temperatures will be checked, and masks are required. Two helpers per table and only adults.

Santa will provide pick-up information to parents for the safe distribution of packages. All packages need to be picked up on Dec. 17 at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The Kiwanis Club’s annual “Santa Run” has been eliminated for this year.

For more information, contact Thomas Louwes or Kitty Slocum at 239-472-5152.