LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A local company is donating labor and materials to help some needy people in Southwest Florida. Storm Smart is installing hurricane protection at the Center for Visually Impaired Persons.
"This really does my heart good. We donate someting every year, and this time I and the workers are really pleased to install the shutters at this center," said Mike Killeen of Storm Smart. "I call it a privelege to give back to the community."
Killeen and workers are donating their services and the company's materials, to protect the 10-thousand square foot building from hurricanes. The donation is worth nearly 14-thousand dollars. The center, in North Fort Myers, has been open for 30 years, and has never had any protection against tropical storms or hurricanes.
"I am thrilled to get these shutters and the other protections," said Margaret Lincoln, director of the center. "We have just gotten about 100-thousand dollars worth of special computers to help the visually impaired. This will help to protect that special hardware from being damaged or destroyed."
Sandy Martin, a client at the center, says she hopes the center can become a certified hurricane shelter for the visually impaired. Martin went through Hurricane Wilma in Collier county, and told WINK: "It is very frightening to be visually impaired, and to have to hunker down in an apartment, while the storm is whirling outside. I would feel better to be at the center, with people I know and trust, if there is a hurricane."
The workers will finish installing the protections, on Tuesday, Sept. 20.