The Salvation Army Naples would like to thank local media supporter NBC-2 and reporter Gabrielle Shirley for their coverage of our need for food pantry donations during the summer season. A very special client was featured in the segment, sharing her story of how The Salvation Army played a major role in helping she and her husband rebuild their lives following one of the most trying times they’ve experienced. It included many setbacks, medical emergencies and surgeries, a fire that destroyed their home and claimed their beloved dogs, months of homelessness and hunger, fear and worry.
But through it all…there was hope, and there was help. The Army was able to provide resources and support and today their lives stand in stark contrast to what once was. The couple now volunteers Monday – Friday at a local church in Immokalee by assisting with meal preparation and serving the Immokalee community. For them, giving back is more than a nice thing to do. It’s a reminder of how far they have come through struggle, and how they hope to help others make it through too.
After their story appeared on NBC-2, Justine Andollo, a member of The National Aging in Place Council reached out to us, wanting to help even more. Justine is working to connect the couple with even more resources, and even provided a gracious donation of furniture and other items for their current home. Justine – we thank you deeply for playing the part of a true neighbor, and for Doing The Most Good in our community.