This year’s “hottest gifts” lists may not include home repairs, but to certain people in our community, renovations to their homes is the greatest gift they could receive. Builders Care, the nonprofit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA), is spreading the holiday spirit and responding to the “holiday wishes” of a local family.

On Dec. 7, Builders Care began a four-day project valued at more than $10,000 on the home of Allen & Carole Tiller, located at 1452 Collins Rd. in Fort Myers, who both suffer with disabilities and most dangerous for Allen with multiple sclerosis. The Tillers are in need of a new handicap accessible shower and bathroom. In a collaborative effort between Builders Care, the State Housing Initiatives Program through Lee County and local building subcontractors, volunteers will demolish the Tiller’s existing master bath and install a new shower and bench,  and new grab bars for handicap accessibility. The new, improved bathroom will be completed on Dec. 10 just in time for the holiday season.

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its objective is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. Builder’s 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. Most recent top corporate sponsors include Armadillo Underground and Real Estate Investment Society. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 4210 Metro Parkway, Suite 100, Fort Myers FL 33916. Donations can be made online at, or to the Builders Care general fund at BB&T (formerly Colonial Bank) Page Field branch at 4959 South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056.