In partnership with the Pine Island Food Pantry, this year's brigade provided take-home Christmas meals to enjoy, along with gifts and gift cards for children. By working together our agencies were able to expand our reach and provide a much more coordinated and comprehensive service level to our clients.
Together this year:
*FISH provided 291 children from 118 families with toys, stocking stuffers and gift cards.
*Pine Island Food Pantry provided 170 families with take-home Christmas meals.
These numbers represent significant increases for our organizations.
So many of you donated gifts and gift cards, hours of time, and financial contributions to the Christmas brigade, proving once again that our islands really do take care of their own. Generous donors included the Yucatan Bar and Grill, the Island Grill, the Bokeelia Art Gallery, CW Fudge, Captains Galley, Kiwanis, OLMM Catholic Church, Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, Pine Island United Methodist Church, American Legion, VFW, Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Station, Matlacha Hookers, the Matlacha “Quilts R Us” club, and numerous individuals.
Pine Island FISH is an all-volunteer association of neighbors organized to help those living in the Matlacha and Pine Island Communities. From its early beginnings in the 1980s, Pine Island FISH has grown to an organization of more than 75 members providing many valuable services.
Pine Island FISH provides non-emergency transportation, lends mobility equipment to those in need, offers emergency financial assistance, gives respite relief for caregivers and stays in touch with home bound neighbors. If you need help, call the FISH line at 239-283-4442 to connect with a volunteer who is ready to help .
Pine Island FISH is in need of volunteer drivers, both on and off-island, telephone volunteers, individuals able to provide respite, and more. If you are interested in becoming a FISH volunteer, call 239-283-4442 or attend one of our meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm at the Pine Island United Methodist Church .
There is never a charge for Pine Island FISH services. We are funded solely by generous individuals like you. Please help us continue to provide important help to your Island neigbors by clicking the donate button below. FISH is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.
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In light of the difficulties presented in 2020, Pine Island FISH is particularly grateful for the outpouring of support from our donors, volunteers and Valued Partners. In addition to donations throughout the year, our community really stepped up to support the Clothing for Kids and Christmas Brigades. Pine Island FISH is entering its 35th successful year and continues its endeavors for those in need in the greater Pine Island areas - all made possible by such generosity.
With the steadfast help of many generous individuals and organizations in 2020, Pine Island FISH: