It's time for the 14th annual drive to collect clothes for children whose parents have difficulty in providing new items for school. The program falls under the umbrella of the FISH Basket Brigade, and the goal is to assure that all Pine Island and Matlacha students have new outfits for their first two days of school.
Last year, 152 youngsters proudly wore their new attire, thanks to the generosity of fellow Pine Islanders, most of whom "adopted" participants and bought clothes for a specific child (or two or three) and others who made cash donations so that FISH shoppers could purchase the items.
FISH is compiling a list of children by age, gender and size and will match the clothes to the kids, although only their first names will be divulged. Those who wish to "adopt" will be provided that information and will be requested to buy two tops, two pants, shorts or skirts and a package of underwear.
Additionally, FISH will provide a $20 Payless Shoe Source for each child. If Eagle readers are aware of children who should be included on the list, please call Peg Harmon at 283-3874 or Mary Jo Roane at 283-7862.
The drop-off point for clothes is Fire Station Number One at Pine Island Center. For those who prefer a monetary contribution, tax-deductible donations may be made to Pine Island FISH, indicating "Clothes for Kids" in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to Pine Island FISH, P.O. Box 357, Matlacha 33993.
For further information, call Mary Jo or Peg at the phone numbers shown above.