Saturday, February 19, 2011

Move That Bus!



Okay, not quite yet....but, the Extreme Makeover crew with Ty Pennington is in town to build a house for a well deserving family and my wife and I took the opportunity to serve together on the project.  We were actually the very first volunteer group.  There were 20-25 of us, and it was all very secretive and hush hush so they could surprise the family. We were told to check our email at a certain time and be ready to spring into action.  And we were.  The weather was great and we had a lot of fun.  



Behind us is where they are digging the basement for the house.   The recipient is Carl Hall, a former WSU baseball player who was paralyzed from the neck down last summer in a car accident.  He has a wife and 4 kids and from what I hear he's a great guy.   Our work was mostly prep work for all the other volunteers.  We set up the barricade fencing for the spectators, built flooring in the catering, volunteer, and VIP tents, and basically did whatever set up was needed.   They expect to have the house finished next weekend.  We are going to try to volunteer again and be there for the "reveal day."

36 comments:

Evolving Through Running said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome. We watch that show with our kids every week to try and teach them the value of giving, and kindness, and volunteering. Also to hopefully give them some perspective about their lives and their 'hardships'. Good for you getting out there and helping.

Stacey said...

Wow! What a great experience! I ALWAYS cry watching that show! It is amazing how fast they can build a house.

Stephanie Anne said...

I volunteered when the show came near me to build a house. I was there from 3pm till 3am organizing, decorating, and helping finish the house. What an awesome experience!

TNTcoach Ken said...

That is so cool! I would love to be a part of something like that.

lindsay said...

so awesome that you part of the crew! i love that show.

Fair Weather Runner said...

sweet! you got on a volunteer team, so cool it's happening in our town. exciting stuff!

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

That's one volunteering gig that looks like a lot of fun. I know a guy who volunteered for Carl's home makeover, but they didn't need him, so he sat around most of the time. I'll have to drive by the house sometime, we were in Austin last week during the build.

James said...

Thats awesome! My wife and kids watch that show every week.

TiredMamaRunning said...

Very cool, Oz! Did you know that the last time they came to KS for the show, the K-State architecture and engineering departments played a huge part in the project? really neat that you got to do this.

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Wow, that's great that this was happening in your own back yard!

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jenny said...

THAT IS SO AWESOME! I like that show a lot. I remember when we used to build for some family who doesn't have a house of their own. It's a good feeling :D

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