Guest column: Pitching in for our neighbors at Thanksgiving

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By Michael Reitmann

Executive Vice President

Lee Building Industry Association

The building industry plays an important role in Southwest Florida's economy. Construction-related industries are responsible for thousands of jobs in our community today, and that number is finally rising again.

We can see this recovery through the work of Builders Care, the non-profit arm of the Lee Building Industry Association. Since 2005, local builders and service providers have donated their time, money, materials and labor to renovate homes for residents in need in Southwest Florida.

At the start of 2012, local builder/developer Stock Development signed on to be a Certified Building Partner with Builders Care. Not only did Stock Development pledge a donation of $100 per each home sale throughout the year in its Paseo community, but when they heard the compelling needs of a local family, Stock Development stepped up to the plate.

They see the light at the end of the tunnel for the industry, and for the Garcia family. In its first three quarters of the year, Stock Development has seen sales rise and that means more donations to local homeowners in need, with the best quarter expected to be the fourth.

Stock Development is an integral part of this community and give back in a meaningful way to those that need it most.

The Garcia family, of Estero, knows this first-hand. Last month, Stock Development surprised homeowners Bob and Mary Garcia during their church service with news that their prayers were coming true. Not only was the family of 14 going to get a new roof on their home of 35 years, but since the roof had been leaking for months and mold was growing, Stock Development announced they would build them a brand new home in just 17 days, and in time for Thanksgiving. To make it happen, Stock Development and Builders Care mobilized more than 75 local companies to join them in getting the job done. As a result, the family will not only have a new home, but it will be fully furnished, including appliances.

This project will be No. 130 and helps Builders Care surpass a milestone of providing more than $2 million in construction services to complete much-needed home renovations to improve their safety and living conditions.

Please join me in giving thanks to Stock Development and the many companies and organizations that have joined together to help our neighbors. They are the heroes of this community.

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