Sanibel celebrates 100-year-old woman who helped shape community

“They called me the ‘hot dog lady’” said Doris Southerton. Tuesday, she celebrated 100 years of life. “Oh, I have a lot of friends,” she said. “I met so many people.” One hundred years of friends and the family she grew with her great love, Chic. “He was my boyfriend and then we eventually got […]

SWFL veteran, retired police officer gets 90th birthday parade

Wednesday is a special day for a veteran and retired police officer. Neighbors, friends and the sheriff’s office drove by to wish him a happy 90th birthday. The SWFL vet has live a long life and witnessed many things but says the pandemic is the worst experience he’s ever lived through. Ernest Fiore may have […]

SWFL seamstress behind 5,000 masks made for those in need

More than 5,000 masks made by one community, because one Babcock Ranch woman wanted to “sew” her support for those in need. “It’s just nice to know that I’m making a difference, that they feel safer,” said Jacky Fischer. She says she’s been stitching since the age of five. “I’m a professional seamstress and so […]

Daughter throws 90th birthday bash for her mother outside of her window

It’s been two months since Luann Flammia has been able to see her mother, Lenore, at the American House Fort Myers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits are limited. “I used to go every other day to see her and you know, it’s been really hard,” she said. But she’s not letting that stop her from […]

SWFL non-profits team up to feed those who are shut in due to coronavirus pandemic

Feeding those in need across Southwest Florida. Non-profit Beverly’s Angels is teaming up with Saint Matthews House to give meals to the less fortunate. The group specifically gives free food to “shut-ins” that can’t get food themselves. “I just want to let them know that we see you, we’re thinking of you, we want to […]

Naples teens distribute thousands of free masks

“We just want to make sure everyone is as safe as they can be.” Samara and Aliq Jivani are two teens stepping up to help Southwest Florida fight mask shortages caused by COVID-19. “My aunt’s a nurse and at her hospital, they had barely any masks, so my sister came up with the idea to […]

Celebrating our SWFL nurses for National Nurses Day and always

Showing gratitude for our local health care heroes. May 6 is National Nurses Day, celebrating their dedication to their patients and their profession. WINK News’ Melinda Lee has compiled some submissions from our viewers recognizing the nurse in their life. See those in the video player above and hear from Lee Health and NCH nurses […]

SWFL teachers take pies to face to help feed families

The long lines at local food drives are what inspired one Collier County teacher to help in a new way. “We’re trying to get these kids dinner because breakfast and lunch are covered by the district, but a lot of families still scramble for dinner so we thought, pie to the face,” said Don Eckert. […]

SWFL chef delivers more than 100 meals to health care workers at Lee Health

One Southwest Florida chef delivered more than 100 meals to frontline health care workers on Friday. He says it’s the least he can do. “If we’re going to help anyone, it’s got to be these people,” said Chef Brian Roland of Crave. These people are the doctors, nurses and staff members at Lee Health. Roland […]