provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Fourth and fifth grade students at The Sanibel School became neighbors helping neighbors by creating Christmas mugs for the FISH of SANCAP Senior Box Program, now affectionately renamed ‘Smile Boxes.’
Smile Boxes is a program that launched last year to help combat the growing issue of isolation, particularly among seniors. The program is growing, with more than 30 boxes distributed in December 2020.
Inspired by the current subscription box trend where participants receive boxes of products and goodies regularly, FISH volunteers deliver these monthly to islanders. Contents may include items such as activity books ranging from crosswords to word searches and more, cards, puzzles, soaps, DIY gardening kits, candles, crochet or knitting kits, comfy socks, handheld back massagers, stationery sets with stamps, and even healthy, but sweet, treats.
Anyone who is interested in assisting with this program or knows someone who would benefit from the program, contact Susan Alexander at the FISH Walk-In Center, 239-472-4775.