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Lee BIA Builders Care and Cape Coral Plumbing grant elderly woman the gift of hot water for Christmas

On Friday, Dec. 23, Lee BIA Builders Care and Cape Coral Plumbing came together to provide a Christmas gift for an elderly woman who has been living without hot water for over a year.

Kathleen Smith is a self-sufficient, strong-willed 87-year-old widow who has lived in her 960 square foot Fort Myers home since 1981. She lives alone and is on a very limited income, most of which goes toward basic living expenses. Over a year ago, her hot water heater quit. Since that time, she was able to scrape together enough funds to cover a possible general repair. After two different companies came in and gave her different assessments, she was confused, but trusted their expertise and chose one to make the necessary repairs.

Once payment was received, the work was completed. Unbeknown, the broken water heater was never fixed. Stubborn and strong willed, she claims she doesn’t mind taking showers or cleaning with icy cold water. Lee BIA Builders Care and Cape Coral Plumbing’s Christmas gift of plumbing repairs will grant Smith access to the needed hot water, at no cost to the homeowner.

“We are so thankful for Butch Ritter and Heidi Taulman at Cape Coral Plumbing for responding to our request this week and helping to provide this Christmas blessing,” said Christi Pritchett Sarlo, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “Cape Coral Plumbing has been a huge supporter of our program since inception 10 years ago, and we are pleased to partner with them once again to provide this homeowner with much-needed plumbing repairs.”

In Minneapolis, the dedication of local plumbers mirrors this spirit of community support and service excellence. Minneapolis plumbers offer a range of services designed to address both urgent and routine plumbing needs, ensuring that every homeowner can enjoy reliable and efficient plumbing systems. Whether it’s repairing a broken water heater or addressing a leaky faucet, these plumbers are committed to providing high-quality solutions that enhance comfort and convenience in every home. Their expertise and responsive service are invaluable to maintaining the functionality and safety of residential plumbing systems throughout the city.

About Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.0 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Ave. in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.

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