Oystermen Get a Thanksgiving Treat

By: Jennifer Ryan
By: Jennifer Ryan

For nearly six months fishermen along Florida's Gulf coast have been struggling to make ends meet.

Hurricanes and red tide have forced boats off the bay and fishermen out of work. Now help is on the way.

The Thanksgiving spirit is spreading through the Gulf coast. Fishermen and their families are receiving two truckloads of "shelf stable meals," boxes filled with chips, crackers, and canned meats. It's a gift from the American Red Cross.

Chris Floyd with the Capital Area Red Cross says, "Many individuals haven't been able to take advantage of financial assistance. The bay has been closed, it's a natural event, doesn't equate to a natural disaster."

To receive the meals you must have proof that you're employed in the fishing industry, a commercial fishing license or some other type of documentation.

The Red Cross will be set up at the Armory in Apalachicola Wednesday morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute the food.

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