Days of Giving – Island Community Adopts Family
A local couple, island workers for over seven years, have five children. They support their family by working in restaurants and resorts, and by providing housekeeping, landscaping and handyman services on both Sanibel and Captiva Islands. During peak season, they work up to four jobs at a time to make ends meet, however during late summer and into early winter months, they can barely get enough hours to equal one full time job.
Due to a recent medical emergency, the family has had a rough time getting back on their feet. In late summer, their son broke his arm in a nasty fall. Although most of the expenses were covered by their KidsCare 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 FISH Adopt a Family program, a generous donor was matched with the family and provided all the children gifts for the holidays. Mom received the presents and, with gratitude says, "I'm so thankful for what FISH 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 FISH for all they do."
The family will also participate in the FISH Food Pantry Program and Children’s Backpack Program. To learn more about FISH, please contact Alicia Tighe, FISH Executive Director, at 239-472-4775.