First there was “The Full Monty”, the 1998 Oscar nominated movie in which unemployed steelworkers regain their sense of purpose as male strippers. Then came “Calendar Girls” a dramatization of the true story of a group of middle aged women who bare nearly all for a calendar to raise funds for leukemia. Now Sanibel Island firefighters are getting into the act with a calendar in which thirteen firefighters bare their chests against a backdrop of island locations to raise money for charity. As Wendy Humphrey reports it took them nearly a year to prepare.
Perhaps the most vulnerable population in this economy is the frail elderly – aging in place with diminishing resources. There are some 5,000 local Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States providing more than one million meals to seniors each day. The mission of Senior Friendship Centers of Southwest Florida is to keep those people in their homes, and Meals on Wheels is a major tool. WGCU’s Valerie Alker recently rode along for some meals on wheels deliveries and has this report.