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Extreme Makeover Home Edition Chapman

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http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/16/DSC00037.JPGJust to set the record straight up front, I did not see Ty Pennington. The call came Thursday morning. Labor coordinators for the Extreme Makeover home at Chapman need trim carpenters Saturday morning. We respond immediately. Dan as the craftsman and me, the flunky. Six a.m. finds us bundled against the upper 30 degree temperatures signing a form saying we will not hold "ABC liable if killed or photographed." Well, maybe it isn't quite that, but at least I saw those four words. Since each volunteer is asked to bring their own equipment, a line of vehicles carrying trimmer's tools is the first clue there are more than a few ready to go to work.Disappointment at not being a part of the activities in the house quickly fades when the cold morning generates a continuous line of workers and program professionals at my responsibility, the coffee canteen. A few questions as we serve up our strong brew keeps us informed on the progress just a few feet away. A minimum of 36 trim carpenters are working in the house. A quick tour while the coffee is perking, confirms enough miter saws outside to keep the air nailers popping inside. Groups are working on separate projects such as hanging cabinets, stairs, crown molding, base, hanging doors, mantle and tongue and groove planks on the ceiling , our trimmers' project. In addition, there are tile layers and granite countertop people working along side. Projects that might take two weeks to complete are finished in less than eight hours.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/16/Copy_of_DSC00013.JPGMeanwhile there are earth movers and skid loaders working on the yard. Around noon a line of trucks appears with trees, bushes and plants. By late afternoon when we leave, most are planted. Landscapers are working on a cobblestone path and what looks like a water fall. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/16/DSC00034.JPGMy coffee duties are replaced by helping serve 350 volunteers lunch cooked in a moble kitchen specializing in catering the film industry where professional cooks expertly prepare. season, and present the food. However, the hard working, dust covered workers could probably eat twice as much without caring how it looks. When a well known hot dog manufacturer set up their grill for freebies a little later, they have a brisk business. For at least two hours during the middle of all this activity, Louis Lamp, originally from the Seattle area, now at Fort Riley, stood on a earth berm and played his violin. When asked if he saw the camera on him, he said, "Yes, when I played, 'Over the Rainbow'." Here are my observations about our day on Extreme Makeover, Home Edition.This Emmy award-winning program funnels a lot of money and good works into the community in production of their show. While the scenes we see in the final cuts are pretty much staged, everything actually does happen as depicted at some point. People volunteer time and equipment. The owner of CW Concrete, Junction City, said, "All trucks, including pumper concrete trucks, fuel, and finish equipment and crews are furnished with no charge." Major contractors and suppliers do the work and supply materials only for the advertising. In my area, P T's Coffee Company of Topeka donated 50 lbs of fresh roasted coffee perking 24 hours a day.Bruce Taylor, a Chapman resident, said the following about the city of Chapman and surrounding area. "They asked for three thousand volunteers and five thousand responded. They put out a call for twenty additional framing carpenters when they fell behind on Thursday and forty showed up." Many feel because of the community support, additional projects have been undertaken around town, including a new tornado shelter and help with other damaged homes and a church. Everyone seems caught up in the excitement surrounding the house and other projects. Despite the cold, windy day, Chapman was basking in the warm spotlight on Saturday. My feeling is this proud, hardworking community desires it.They will "move the bus" on Tuesday between 2:00 and 3:00 pm. Chapman schools will let out early. The Tutwiler family will find a beautiful, well-built home. It is a big day for the city with a lot of Pride. We are excited to have been a part of it.The Extreme Makeover Home Edition (Chapman) will appear as a two-hour special during sweeps week January 25, 2009.

Comments

Ronda Miller 6 years, 1 month ago

Linda, What a wonderful experience for you to have been a part of. I remember watching the season premere of Extreme Makeover a couple of years ago and it was about a woman who rode the same school bus that I did when we were growing up. She had died while living in California and left seven children behind for her husband to raise alone. It was so heart touching to see her smile and laughter and tears in the faces of all of her beautiful children once their new home was completed.I think about Chapman all of the time and was going to do a post about them myself - a much different one than what you did here. Yours is much more uplifting and inspiring. The people in Chapman are remarkable and thanks so much for sharing a part of what is happening there with us... I will be anxiously awaiting the show.

Marlo Angell 6 years, 1 month ago

Thank you for sharing this inside scoop, Linda. The behind the scenes photos are great!

Alia Ahmed 6 years, 1 month ago

Linda,What a great experience for you and your husband and all the other volunteers! I had heard the show has concerns about getting the help and resources they needed in Chapman. I guess rural Kansans demonstrated how we take care of our own. The fiddler's presence sounds great. Home on the range is another song that would be a fitting song to play.

eileenroddy 6 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for this, Linda. What a great community response. It's great to know that the TV "show" isn't just all show, but is actually a project that generates so much goodwill and generosity from so many in the community.Thanks to you and your husband for giving so generously of your time and yourselves.

coolmom 6 years ago

we have a friend who has done a couple of these now, he does some of the computer/electronic stuff and as jaded as he is he thinks its awesome what they can do for these families as well as for the community spirit in places they have gone.

COOKWJ 5 years, 10 months ago

WHEN WAS EXTREME HOME MAKE OVER IN CHAPMAN ARK?

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