Thursday, January 13, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - Beaufort, SC

We heard a few days ago that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was in Beaufort, SC helping to make the dreams come true for a Marine Staff Sergeant and his family.  According to www.extrememakeoverbeaufortcounty.com, "The Dickinsons are not only a joyous, playful, fun family -- but above all, they are selfless and generous. Bill has served the US honorably for 17 years (and continues to do so) and the family volunteers and gives back to the community. Sadly, this great family has been forced to live in deplorable conditions. Because of Bill's deployments and financial difficulty, the family home has become almost uninhabitable. Despite Bill's best efforts to make repairs on his own, the list of problems is long: shoddy electrical, inadequate foundation, fire hazards and a dining room floor destroyed by a flood. The most pressing issue is that there's mold in every wall, which is literally making the family sick, particularly 1 year old baby Sophia.  Bill deployed for Afghanistan on November 5th, leaving India, like many military spouses, to deal with the terrible house and the toll it's taking on her kids -- by herself. They want to move but do not have the resources to do so. This weighs heavily on India of course but also on Bill whose work requires intense focus on the dangerous job at hand. Being a loving husband and father, he is distracted by worry for his family, nearly 7000 miles away."

We left home last night and drove to Disney's Hilton Head Resort where we spent the night and then headed to Beaufort today.  As soon as we got there and hugged Gia and Jason "hello", we loaded up and went to the Piggly Wiggly parking lot where we got on a bus to go to the home makeover site.  It was an older subdivision with brick ranch style homes.  We had to walk down a street to get to where they had an area for visitors to watch.  This was what we walked up to...
The original house had been demolished a few days ago and the foundation was already down and walls were going up.  A large group of volunteers (blue t-shirts) were on the side just standing around I guess waiting on something to do.  This was the volunteer tent...
They guy on the left in the khaki pants, black jacket and black hard hat worked for H2 Builders Inc, the company that was building the house and he seemed to be in charge of the crew.






  Just in the short time that we were there, we saw more walls go up....

We never did see anyone that we recognized from the show.  Evidently they have trucks and trailers and tents that are behind the scenes that we were not allowed to see.  They do quite a bit of their work back there and come out to the actual house at various times.  Even though we didn't see anyone famous, it was exciting to watch and "be a part of" something that we have seen on TV many times.  

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