Paying Life Forward.
Of the many blessings for which Laurie and I are thankful, and amongst the many happy times we’ve shared, at the top of our list is Saturday, November 24, 2001 – the day we adopted retired Fidelco Guide Dog “Gundy” and became part of the extended Fidelco community.
And what a marvelous community it is – dedicated donors and passionate volunteers who believe in the power of paying life forward to help Share the Vision® with men and women who are blind and who want Fidelco’s help.
Every seven minutes, someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired. The blind, however, are not statistics. Each person is someone’s child. They climb mountains, compete as world-class athletes and serve as teachers, advocates and military heroes. And many will want a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog.
During this Thanksgiving season of hope and renewal it is very important to thank all who sustain Fidelco.
To the many donors who support us, thank you for your generosity and continuing support. If you can, please do more during this season of giving – the demand for Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs increases every year.
To the hundreds of volunteers, thank you for the tens of thousands of hours that you commit to Fidelco every year. We could not operate without your labors of love.
As a family of very modest means sat down
for Thanksgiving dinner there was a knock
at the door. The father opened it and there
stood an old and nearly blind man in tattered
clothes with missing buttons.
The old man was selling vegetables from
a heavy basket. The family invited him to
dinner but he kindly declined, as he had
many more vegetables to sell.
Over time, the family and the old man became friends.
One day as he delivered the vegetables, he
said, “I had the greatest blessing yesterday!
I found a basket of clothes outside my house
that someone had left for me.” A quiet smile
appeared on the mother’s face.
The old blind man said, “The most wonderful
part…I gave them to a family that really
needed the clothes.”
Laurie and I wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and holiday season.
We also ask all to join us in thanking the bravest of our fellow citizens serving in the Armed Forces to
protect our nation’s freedom and independence. May God keep them safe and out of harm’s way.
Thank you for sharing the vision. Thank you for giving hope.
Eliot D. Russman
CEO and Executive Director
Give Hope this Holiday Season
Please take this moment to close your eyes, open your heart and
forever change the life of another person. Your generosity will create hope and inspire limitless possibilities for our blind clients with Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs leading the way. Click here to give your gift of hope.
View A Story of Hope here.
Gifts That Give Back
Give gifts that give back this year by shopping at Fidelco's annual Holiday Store on Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Shop for unique gifts for your two-legged AND four-legged friends, and bring your pooch along for photos with Santa. It all happens at Fidelco's headquarters at 103 Vision Way in Bloomfield, CT.
2014 Photo Calendar Available Now
Visit the Fidelco Online Gift Shop to order the 2014 Fidelco Calendar. This 11” x 17” full-color wall calendar features Fidelco Guide Dogs and puppies and is the perfect way to keep track of important dates and events. Makes a great gift!
Saturday, December 7 – Holiday Store
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Fidelco Open House
Sunday, July 20, 2014 – 4th Annual Ride for Independence
DIRECTIONS TO FIDELCO
Share the Love,
Share the Vision®
Subaru of America, Inc. will donate $10 million to charitable partners during its sixth annual “Share the Love” event.
From November 21st, 2013 to January 2nd, 2014, buy or lease a new vehicle at Suburban Subaru of Vernon, CT and $250 can be donated to Fidelco!
Applying for a
SSgt Michael Malarsie, USAF (Ret), & “Xxon”
Every seven minutes someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired.
If you are ready to experience increased independence and mobility with a Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dog, click here.
A Little Bit of Heaven
John Garoppolo and his three
Fidelco Guide Dogs
As they approached retirement, John and Patricia Garoppolo shared a grand vision for their golden years together. They purchased the boat of their dreams and John was putting the finishing touches on a hobby workshop behind their Manchester, Connecticut home. The year was 1992, and the Garoppolos’ future together looked bright.
That vision was shattered the moment an eye surgeon told John, “We’re very sorry, but there’s nothing else we can do. You’re going to be blind.”
Click here to read John's story.
For more information about service dog laws and access rules:
Americans with Disabilities Act
U.S. Department of Justice
2010 Revised Requirements regarding Service Animals