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Fort Myers woman receives heartwarming gift of home improvements for the holidays
By: Lee BIA Builders Care
Lee BIA Builders Care and Lennar partnered to complete a home improvement project for Phyllis Puett, an 84-year-old Fort Myers resident, all at no cost. Work was completed in just three days, and project partners and volunteers gathered with Puett on Dec. 22 to celebrate the project completion.
The enhancements will create a world of difference for Puett, who is diagnosed with orthostatic tremors. Puett has lived in her home for over 50 years, yet the entry of the home has become challenging for her to navigate.
To provide Puett with greater safety and accessibility, project partners agreed to install concrete ramps at the entry of Puett's home. Puett thought that the ramps would be the only project completed.
"I needed a ramp, and that was all I thought I was getting. Lord, I got much more than a ramp. It's unbelievable,"
Beyond the ramps, a new concrete driveway and sidewalk were poured to replace the uneven grass driveway. Project partners also brightened the home's exterior with pressure washing and a fresh coat of paint, installed new landscaping, added new outdoor carpet and patio furniture on the lanai, and mounted new coach lights, a mailbox and doorbell. Inside, the home's bathroom doorway was widened, two old toilets were replaced with new comfort height toilets, and new vertical blinds were fitted. Lennar also donated a wheelchair to Puett. Finishing touches included presents under the Christmas tree.
"It's an incredible feeling to be able to come out and help someone that needs a little bit of help for their every day-to-day life. Ms. Puett just wanted a handicap ramp at her front door, and we just decided to do a little bit more like we always do," said Ray Kershaw, vice president of construction, Lennar. "It's great to give back to the community and see that you're helping someone and to see someone like Mrs. Puett who really appreciates it. It really makes you feel good, especially this time of year with the holidays."
Improvements and modifications were made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Lennar and a number of local partner suppliers and contractors. Project partners included 84 Lumber Company, GMZ Masonry, Cemex Construction Materials, Sherwin-Williams, Ferguson, Carrigan Brothers, Juniper Landscaping, Johns To Go, Wayne Wiles Floor Covering, City Furniture, Prestige Cleaning of SWFL, Southwest Waste Services, Southwest Land Development, Sod Pro and Edmonson Electric.