• Maggie Goldsmith

Helping Neighbors: F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP Stories of Gratitude

The month of November is upon us, and with that brings cooler temperatures, football and preparations for the holidays. Around Thanksgiving, many begin to think about what they are thankful for. At FISH, they see daily that there are more things to be thankful for, not just in November, but year-round. Here are some quotes from FISH clients that remind everyone of just that:

  • “FISH gave my family a basket of food last year so we could cook a dinner. It was a lot of stuff! Me and my Mom went to the store to buy a big turkey with a gift card they gave us. I had to carry it, and it was really heavy. Mom showed me and my sisters how to clean it and make dinner. It’s fun to cook with my family and eat a lot of food. Maybe you can put hot dogs in the basket too!?” Evan – 1st grade, holiday meal basket participation

  • “Why do I love FISH? It’s hard to think of one particular thing that sets them apart, because everything they do is special. It’s close to home, making it handy for me to get food from their pantry. And when I’m not well enough to get there, I can sign up for the meals program where they will bring food to me made by Bailey’s and delivered by FISH volunteers. Boy do I love that meatloaf! Having FISH in my community is like having family close by. For that, I am thankful.” John –senior food pantry and occasional meals client

  • “FISH gave us peace of mind, and I am thankful for all that the FISH organization does. When my father was suffering from cancer, we utilized many services that FISH provides. They gave us with a home healthcare provider list [for my father], and from that we were able to find nurses that visited twice a week. Each nurse was sensitive, had a listening ear, and was very caring. They cared about him (and our entire family) mentally and physically. The FISH volunteers were also wonderful. They were willing to listen to our concerns, and help with things like giving rides to doctor appointments. They did everything they could to make it easier on us. We had a wonderful social worker that cared about our situation; we could tell she was concerned about us. They did so much for our family when we were going through a difficult time. They allowed my father to spend his last days at home with dignity. I would recommend FISH to anyone.” Linda – family member using healthcare and counseling services

  • FISH helped me stay steady on my feet. I had bilateral knee replacements in 2016 and had a difficult time finding the right kind of equipment to help me. I encountered many caring, knowledgeable, and helpful people at the FISH organization that assisted me with borrowing medical equipment, even when I had to return it and borrow different kinds throughout my recovery. I credit the FISH staff and volunteers that put up with me through this process I am most grateful. Deborah – medical equipment program participation

Stories like these, some that make you cry, others that make you laugh, are what make FISH the great organization it is. They are ‘neighbors helping neighbors’, they remember that the word thanksgiving is composed of two words: thanks and giving. Throughout the year all are reminded to give thanks, to share and to give. This season, please take a moment and reflect on what actions you can take to fully express the meaning of Thanksgiving. For additional information on FISH and it’s over 40 different programs and services, please visit their website, fishofsancap.org, or contact FISH at 239-472-4775.


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