MICA: Help the hungry

Did you miss the Post Office’s food drive last week? Never fear. There are plenty of hungry individuals surrounding us who would love to have those extra cans or boxes of food from your cabinets.

I know you had good intentions when you purchased that huge bag of rice or 10 cans of soup for $10! I bought a special box of cereal last month for my niece who was visiting, but she never opened the box and ate waffles instead. That easily, I have an item to donate.

If you’re heading north for a few months, consider packing up your cupboard contents into a couple of boxes or bags and dropping them at the Marco Island Residents’ Beach when you make that dreaded last trip to the beach! Don’t leave items behind to toss when you arrive next season. We will be sure to get the food to individuals who truly need it.

Our Residents’ Beach members were asked to bring canned goods to MICA’s Holiday Celebration in December. We can thank our members for being generous in donating numerous boxes of food to St. Matthew’s House just in time for Christmas dinner.

Islanders have also been extremely helpful in collecting for “Bedtime Bundles.” Bedtime Bundles is a wonderful 501 (c) (3) program to help the children of migrant farm workers with the basic necessities that they can take with them in their “bundle” when they move on to the next crop and the next town. There are hundreds of children in need of a bundle living literally just up the road from us, from our comfortable homes on Marco Island. The program has also been expanded to include food and first aid kits for the families.

You can donate a complete Bedtime Bundle, a portion of one or many, or send a check or a gift certificate. It can’t get much easier to help a child. You can drop it at the MICA office at 1770 San Marco Road, Unit 204, or call Karen Saeks at 398-5179.

What’s in a bundle? As I said, you can donate a portion of a bundle. Maybe you have a box of diapers left over from a grandchild’s visit. That will work! Or you can fill a new or gently used pillow case with items appropriate for a newborn through a 12-year-old boy or girl. Based upon the age you choose, necessities can include diapers or pull ups, baby wipes, powder, pacifier, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and shampoo, washcloth and towel, pajamas, socks, underwear, sweatshirt or sweater, blanket or throw, and a book, toy or stuffed animal.

On behalf of the MICA Board of Directors we’d like to thank all of our island visitors and snowbirds for spending the season with us and for your generosity in giving from your hearts.

We extend our best wishes for a healthy and wonderful summer. Enjoy!

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