The crew at Sea Tow Fort Myers is no stranger to helping people. Every day, the captains and crew cruise the beautiful waters of Fort Myers, providing tows, fuel deliveries, jump starts and other services to boaters in need, but their eagerness to lend a hand doesn’t stop once they reach the docks.
Last month, owner Heather O’Brien and her crew at Sea Tow Fort Myers took that altruistic mindset to Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, where they donated six brand new Little Tikes toy cars for the young patients to enjoy while they receive chemotherapy and other treatments.
The donation is part of a community-focused mindset that serves as the foundation on which many of our Sea Tow franchises around the country are built.
“We’re always looking for new ways to lend a hand in the local community,” Heather said. “After all, that’s what we’re here for – helping those in need. It doesn’t matter if they’re a boater or not; we just want to make a difference in the community that has given us so much over the years.”
In addition to the donation, the crew joined forces with hospital staff as part of a larger event to teach children about the importance of boating safety. Through Safe Kids Southwest Florida, the hospital hosted an event to teach children and their parents about the dangers of drowning. Water safety is just one of the many topics Safe Kids Worldwide – which has more than 400 coalitions across the United States and partners in over 30 countries – focuses on. The organization also hosts car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics that help parents and caregivers keep their children safe.
As part of the event, Heather brought along one of the franchise’s distinctive yellow boats for the children to see and touch. Accompanying the boat was one of the Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Stations, used to teach the children that personal flotation devices save lives.
“It was such a great learning opportunity for these kids and their parents,” Heather said. “They loved checking out our boat and learning more about how to stay safe while out on the water.”
The event with Golisano Children’s Hospital wasn’t the only recent occasion where the crew at Sea Tow Fort Myers helped make an impact on the lives of local families.
Just last month, Heather put together a donation drive to provide food, household supplies and other goods to local Coast Guard families during the recent month-long government shutdown.
Over the span of just a few days, Sea Tow Fort Myers, with the help of a myriad of other local individuals and businesses, raised almost $25,000 in gift cards and thousands of dollars’ worth of food, cleaning supplies, baby formula and other household goods for families to use while they were left without paychecks during the government shutdown.
At the end of the day, Heather said it’s all about making a positive impact within the local community and helping those who need it most.
“We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the community we serve,” she said. “So, it’s only right that we do our part to make it better every chance we get. It’s been a lot of hard work, but in the end, that feeling that you made a difference in someone else’s life makes it all worth it. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”