Published: Jun 05, 2011 10:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 05, 2011 10:32 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Several businesses at the Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers are working together to collect gently worn clothing or shoes for the Lee County Homeless Coalition.

"We have our donation box right here in the back of the store. It's very convenient, just come in and donate all you can," said Angie Lucas, who works for Cheshire Cat Fine Toys, one of the 30 businesses collecting donations throughout this month.

LCHC told WINK News there are an estimated 3,400 persons without a place to call home in our community. That's why businesses wanted to do something to help.

"It's always a good feeling to be able to give back," said Lucas.

Customers who participate can receive a reward. Businesses are offering discounts and free gifts to those who donate.

"It can be different things. We have some products," said Chris Gehring, the owner of Trini In Private Salon and Spa.

Gehring said the best part of participating in the program is being able to inspire customers to donate.

In July, businesses will be collecting school supplies for the Multicultural Centre of Southwest Florida. Then in August, they'll be accepting food and donations for the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Here are the participating businesses:

Blue Pointe Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill


Cheshire Cat Fine Toys

Courtyard Café

Crowne Plaza

Gallerie Unique

Gracie’s Cupcakes

Mole Hole 


Sunglass Hut

Tello Jewelers


T.G.I. Friday’s 

Trader Rick’s

Trini in Private Salon and Spa