First Annual SOS: Sustainable Outreach Society is a Great Success

The first annual SOS: Sustainable Outreach Society—Goodness To-Go event held on September 13th was an overwhelming success.

The one-day event raised over 3,000 pounds of food and $33,000 in financial donations benefitting the Cape Coral Caring Center. They typically experience an uptick in the number of clients they serve during summer months, but a downturn in pantry goods and monetary donations.

Based on the highly successful SOS: Save Our Summer—Feed the Cape! the event assumed a Robin Hoodesque personality of taking from the haves and giving to the have nots. Lee County and the City of Cape Coral proclaimed September 13th as “Goodness To-Go!” day.

(l) Council member Jessica Cosden, (m) Julie Ferguson, (r) Christopher Spiro

The evolved event didn’t require participants to leave home, attend an event or bring anything to a predetermined location. Enlisted volunteers, clad in bright yellow SOS T-shirts, visited donors homes and businesses to pick up food, baby supplies, toiletries, gift cards and monetary donations. Donors participated by registering for a pickup of donated items at

“We are grateful to the community for their generosity and support of the SOS event,” said Julie Ferguson, Executive Director of Cape Coral Caring Center. “The overwhelming outreach of support is very humbling and appreciated. The number of residents that will benefit from this event alone, speaks volumes about the concern and kindness we have for one another. As a community, we are making great strides to help alleviate hunger one family at a time.”

(l) Wendy Wootton, (r) Julie Ferguson, Program Operations Mgr., Executive Director, 
Cape Coral Caring Center

For more information, contact the Cape Coral Caring Center at (239) 945-1927 or visit Follow online at