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North Fort Myers man surprised with new air conditioning unit

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 10:13:53-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A North Fort Myers man living without HVAC for over a decade was surprised with new air conditioning.

Lee BIA Builders Care and community partners came together to surprise a North Fort Myers homeowner 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," 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."
Crystal Stouten, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care.

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 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 of needy seniors and disabled individuals of all ages by enlisting the expertise and donated services and materials of contractors, sub-contractors, and businesses. Lee BIA Builders Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization under the Lee Building Industry Association's charitable arm.