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North Fort Myers man living without HVAC for over a decade surprised with new air conditioning

Lee BIA Builders Care, community partners bring life-changing gift to homeowner in need

Lee BIA Builders Care and community partners recently came together to surprise a North Fort Myers homeowner – who has gone over a decade without central air and heating – with the gift of a new air conditioning system.

Jon Smith is an elderly and disabled homeowner who has lived alone in his home for over 15 years. The lack of air conditioning has presented a critical risk to his health, as it has slowed the recovery of a leg injury and has caused heat exhaustion on several occasions. Unfortunately, his fixed income and medical expenses did not allow him to afford a new system.

To help Smith live more comfortably, Lee BIA Builders Care partnered with St. Clair’s Custom Air, Ferguson HVAC and RUUD to replace the air conditioning unit. The new system was installed at no cost to the homeowner.

“A working air conditioning system makes all the difference in being able to live comfortably in the Florida heat, and it’s something we often take for granted,” said Crystal Stouten, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We’re grateful for the generosity of our community partners to present this homeowner with a gift that will significantly impact his health, safety and overall well-being.”

About Lee BIA Builders Care

The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain repairs through traditional means. Lee BIA Builders Care offers a full range of no-cost emergency construction services to improve the safety and health for needy seniors and disabled individuals of all ages by enlisting the expertise and donated services and materials of contractors, sub-contractors and businesses. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.75 million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need. Builders Care is funded through financial donations, grants and donated services and materials to provide emergency construction services to qualified homeowners throughout the community. Lee BIA Builders Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization under the charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. Lee BIA Builders Care is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056, and by following Builders Care at www.Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare.

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