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Ellsworth to give away ACs with help from coalition

June 27, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Ellsworth Heating & Cooling is celebrating 50 years in business this year and it wants mark the milestone by giving back to the community.

The company will give away three air conditioners to the neediest homeowners in the area as part of its Christmas in July promotion, and has enlisted the help of the North Fort Myers Community Coalition to determine the recipients.

William Barnes, president of Ellsworth Heating & Cooling, said applications are being accepted now for the program company has been providing since 2003.

"We wanted to do something to give back to the community. The first winner was a woman who had just moved here who was blind and we put the air conditioner in for free. Her daughter signed her up," Barnes said.

Over the years, Ellsworth has gone from giving away one air conditioner to three, as it has the last few years. Daikin, Trane and Lenox all have donated air conditioning units for the event.

The three main members of the coalition, the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Civic Association, will serve as places where its members can either register or find possible recipients.

"There are people they may know who they can reach out to. We can use those groups to really help out North Fort Myers," Barnes said. "They're all giving and it should be a great joint effort."

"We're going out and talking to people in the community. When the applications come in, we will get together as a coalition and decide on the final three," said Al Giacalone, president-elect of the Chamber.

"We're looking to help with their advertising for Christmas in July and get three units out for families in need here in North Fort Myers," said Doug Dailey, president of the civic association.

Those who register must reside in North Fort Myers. The home must be owner-occupied (no rentals) and the old air conditioner to be replaced must be at least 10 years old. The application must include a statement on why the family or resident feels they are deserving of a new unit.

Giacalone said it's great the newly formed coalition can take part in such a program.

"What Ellsworth does every year is wonderful. Being able to make sure a deserving household gets an AC unit is great," Giacalone said.

A winner will be selected at the beginning of August.

People can sign up on their website or the coalition websites or register in person at 1905 N. Tamiami Trail or pick up a form at the Chamber of Commerce office at the Shell Factory.



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