Builders Care surprises local family with new air conditioning just in time for the Holidays


On Wednesday, December 21st, Lee BIA Builders Care marched down the street with community partners, Schultz Air Conditioning and Ferguson Heating & Cooling to share in the holiday blessing as they surprised a local family with a brand new air condition system.

Sarah and Robert Dillard have lived in their central-Fort Myers home for 14 years. The lack of central air conditioning in their home makes it difficult for Sarah, a paraplegic to live comfortably. The addition of kidney failure and resulting dependency on dialysis has further complicated Sarah’s daily activities. Despite the challenges, her spirit remains positive and her upbeat personality demonstrate her appreciation for life. A devoted Christian, Sarah often rides her electric wheelchair over two miles to attend worship services and assist with secretarial duties at their church. The 1,038-square-foot house was being cooled with just one window unit. The original two-ton air conditioning has not worked for many years.

When asked to help a local homeowner in need with the gift of a new AC system, Schultz Air Conditioning and Ferguson Heating & Cooling immediately responded with an outstanding yes! And we are so glad they did.  They are not only covering all of the labor expenses, but they have partnered with American Standard and Honeywell to cover the material expenses as well.  What an amazing gift and a true hero to this family and this community!

A huge thank you to the Guardian Angels of this project, Schultz Air Conditioning and Ferguson Heating & Cooling!
This project would not have been possible without you!


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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 ( ) 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, 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 or on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare.