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Many thanks

March 8, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

After a beautiful month on Sanibel, we decided to enjoy one last meal before leaving for the airport. On our way, our car broke down at Periwinkle and Tarpon Bay Road. My husband said he thought the alternator was out. Immediately I took out my AAA card wondering in my head how long it would take them to come onto Sanibel, and what in the world we were going to do with the car since we were leaving?

As I waved traffic around us, a couple stopped and asked if we needed help. They pushed us into the parking lot, and gave us a jump. As we were charging our car, we came to find out the couple was on their way to their place on Sanibel, and had just driven down from South Dakota. I couldn't believe they spent their time giving us a jump.

As we continued home we once again broke down. Again, so many people asked if we needed help. Two women stopped and offered their assistance. It was clear as one of the women got out of her car, that she was faced with her own struggles.

We once again started down West Gulf, and broke down two more times. The women followed us, and jumped our car each time until we finally rolled into our garage, as the taxi awaited us to go to the airport. Unfortunately in our rush to get to our flight, we failed to get the people's names, so we could properly thank them.

Our dream for the past 40 years was to own a home on Sanibel because of its beauty. Now I can say how fortunate we are to own on the beautiful island due to its kind and generous people.

Patti Tully




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