I called school the other day to see if my class list was available yet, and while chatting with the secretary, found out that the show "Extreme Home Makeover" is in Armada, the town where I teach!! There is a young family in the area that the father was killed in a bad car accident on Christmas Eve this past year. There have been various fundrasiers and donation drives to help them out. The mom is 32, and there are six children, ranging from 12 years to 8 months. The family is very poor, and they lived in a run-down two bedroom, one bathroom, 900 square foot home. They were planning on doing some remodeling, but further inspections declared the house pretty much condemned. The septic wasn't working, the water was bad, and the house was just in terrible shape. They sent the family to Florida. I guess they have half the community roped off, and are busing people in to see the house and to help work on it.
I couldn't go work on the house right away, since we had reservations and were leaving town to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and then two nights at Cedar Point Amusement Park. So, while I was away, a teacher friend called and we made plans to go work on the house last night. They work 24 hours a day, so we figured we'd go at night when fewer people could volunteer. I got all ready, stopped to pick up my dad (he was going to volunteer also) and my phone rang. Kathy had just arrived and they didn't need any more help.... So, I didn't end up getting to work on the house! I'm so sad!!
They are going to have the "unveiling" on Monday, and I'm planning on going over there then. I may drive over tomorrow to see if they need any help for the last minute rush. I was really bummed, but am glad to know that there are so many volunteers to step up and help them out.
There have been several "Ty sightings" around town, and I have been looking at the hotel parking lot where they are supposedly staying...no such luck! I even checked out the appliance section at Sear's today!!