She fundraises to help poor children in Ceres have laptops for school and caters appreciation luncheons for city employees. But now the lady known as “Millie-Mom” needs help recovering from the second major theft she’s suffered in three years.
“I’m prepping my stuff now so that I’ll have it all done,” said Millie Fisher as she buzzed around her kitchen Thursday night.
Fisher’s planning to be up until 1 a.m. working on dozens of tamales she intends to give away as presents.
As per usual, this Ceres community advocate is focused on how to brighten someone else’s day and trying not to think about who recently tried to wreck hers.
“My back door was standing open, and the most shocking thing to me – and it still is as I remember it – is that every item on every surface was thrown on the ground,” she said.
Fisher cherishes the few pictures she has left because the thieves ruined family photos that were 80 years old.
Her stereo was stolen right along with her kitchen recipe book.
The retired Marine sergeant’s blue dress uniform from her service back during the Vietnam war.
“I was sick to my stomach for a week,” Fisher said about making the devastating discovery.
After the Marines, Fisher spent 25 years as a 911 dispatcher in Ceres.
The firefighters and police officers she worked with and still loves to cook for are now collecting money through Valley First Credit Union to cover some of her $10,000 loss.
As for brooding over what’s gone, Millie says “oh no.”
“I’m just not going to let it get me. I’m just not gonna allow them to take more from me than they’ve already taken,” she said.
With their fundraising, police and firefighters in Ceres hope to put bars on the very kitchen window thieves used to get into Fisher’s house.
If you’d like to help with this cause, just go to Valley First Credit Union and make a cash or check donation to account number 199369. You can use account 78600000199369 for electronic transfers.