Donations benefit new Valerie’s House space


A fundraiser hosted by Norman and Mary Love of Norman Love Confections on Feb. 22 raised more than $275,000 for the new temporary home of Valerie’s House, which just opened at 1762 Fowler St. in downtown Fort Myers.

Valerie’s House has helped 350 children and their families since its founding in 2016 by Angela Melvin, whose own mother was killed in a car accident in 1987. The nonprofit organization uses art and music to help children identify, express and process their grief. 

For more information about Valerie’s House or to register a family for programs, visit, call (239) 478-6734, or write


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