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Island quilting group donates more than 50 quilts to F.I.S.H.

December 12, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

By ED FRANKS

efranks@breezenewspapers.com

About two dozen women got together at the Matlacha Community Center last week to present F.I.S.H. (Fellow Islanders Sending Help) with more than 50 hand-made quilts and quilted bears. The quilts and bears will be given to mothers with newborn babies and seniors.

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Quilts R-Us ladies line up with F.I.S.H. volunteers around the table covered with the handmade quilts.

ED FRANKS

Quilts-R-Us began 30 years ago in 1988 and has been donating quilts for over 20 years.

"There are still a few of us original members left," Dolores Ambrose said. "The ladies start making quilts in January of every year. Then at this time, just before Christmas, we donate them to F.I.S.H. The quilts are given to families in need as part of their Basket Brigade. Basket Brigade provides assistance for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets."

The F.I.S.H. Basket Brigade wrapping party will commence at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pine Island United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 5701 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia, and everyone in the community is invited. Please bring scissors and tape; other wrapping supplies will be provided.

The distribution of the gifts to participating families will then take place the following day, Saturday, Dec. 15, again at Wesley Hall of PIUMC from 9-11 a.m. Please be prompt as Santa's "elves" need to get some of their own shopping done for the holiday!

F.I.S.H. is a completely volunteer organization where all of the activities are initiated from the homes of volunteers. There is no central office or paid staff and the majority of funds come from Pine Island and Matlacha.

F.I.S.H. provides non-emergency transportation to medical facilities, grocery store, pharmacy, bank, etc., to individuals with no other access to transportation; mobility equipment to lend: wheelchairs, walkers, etc.; special needs: emergency assistance for rent, utilities, medical, etc.; respite: relief to non-paid, primary caregivers for approximately 4 hours, once a week; in-touch: contact with homebound individuals either by phone or home visits; and as lead agency in the Pine Island "Basket Brigade" Program.

There is never a charge for any F.I.S.H. service and services are provided regardless of the economic status of clients, except for financial assistance.

FISH Christmas Basket Brigade wrapping, distribution Dec. 14-15

The FISH organization has completed its sign up of children and seniors for the annual Christmas Basket Brigade; however, now is the time to wrap all those gifts! The wrapping party will commence at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pine Island United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 5701 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia, and everyone in the community is invited. Please bring scissors and tape; other wrapping supplies will be provided.

The distribution of the gifts to participating families will then take place the following day, Saturday, Dec. 15, again at Wesley Hall of PIUMC from 9-11 a.m.

 
 

 

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