Hearts of Gold: Bloomington Couple Leaves Behind A Legacy of Giving
Virginia (“Ginny”) Fisher first came to Bloomington, along with her parents and 9 siblings, after relocating from Kentucky to Indiana 80 years ago.
“When they arrived, they had basically nothing but the clothes on her back,” says Ginny’s daughter, Joyce Mitchem. “The Salvation Army in Bloomington was there to help. They helped my family get established in the area.”
Fast forward to 1959 when Ginny married the love of her life, Gib (“Gilbert”) Fisher, who was a native of Bloomington. The couple was in search of someone in the area who could perform their wedding ceremony, and Ginny knew she could turn to The Salvation Army to help with that, too. Ginny and Gib were married by a Salvation Army officer at the Bloomington Corps Community center free of charge. Throughout their lives Gib and Ginny Fisher never forgot that The Salvation Army helped them, regardless of their situation.
Ginny sadly passed away in 2013 after battling an illness for several years. Gib was right by her side. He was her caregiver at home, comforted her, and worked hard to make sure they could afford the medical care she needed. Gib passed away in May of 2020. His wish was to leave behind a legacy to help the people of Bloomington, the same way that he and Ginny were helped during their times of need.
“My father left a $10,000 bequest in honor of my mother,” Joyce says. “I think he hoped that the money could help other families in the same situation as we were.”
Joyce has been working closely with Captain Gordon Hoag of The Salvation Army Bloomington Corps Community Center since her father’s passing to ensure that his wish of giving back to fellow Hoosiers is fulfilled.
“I hope this will encourage more individuals like my parents to give money and other services to organizations such as the Bloomington Salvation Army who do so much for the community. It is during this COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that we should be working together to help one another.”