“EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION” COMES TO THE AID OF A CARING GRANDMOTHER AND HER FOUR GRANDCHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING IN A TRAILER HELD TOGETHER WITH DUCT TAPE.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (January, 2007) – Renee Wilson and her four grandchildren woke up today to the sound of Ty Pennington screaming into a bullhorn. As the newest family selected for an extreme home makeover by the popular reality television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Wilsons poured out of their home in tearful disbelief.
Hakeem, Tim, RJ, and Erica Wilson, of Longs, SC, who have been living in their Grandmother’s beat up trailer, were told that Ty and the gang will build them a new home of their own in a remarkable seven days on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
The four children and their Grandmother have been packed into the cramped corners of their trailer for years. Renee Wilson, who did not want to split the children up in the foster care system years ago, has been working as a school lunch lady to help support her grandchildren. Although this is the most stable home the Wilson children have ever lived in, it is still an undersized trailer that is being held together with duct tape, has a sagging roof, bad wiring, leaks, and little to no insulation. Blankets and plastic are kept over the windows to help keep the warm air in and Renee’s youngest grandchild, Erica, has to share a bed with her at night.
When asked what the children would like in their dream home, they all responded with the same answer, “my own dresser”, since all four children must share a closet and dresser. Renee just wants a safe home for her grandchildren to live in that will provide them with a better sense of security and will allow them to thrive. Despite the Wilson children’s poor living conditions, their teachers have seen a vast improvement in the kids since they moved in with their grandmother.
In addition to receiving an extreme home makeover, the Wilsons will leave soon for a dream vacation, courtesy of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. While the family enjoys its time with each other, Hall Custom Homes and Classic Home Building & Design, along with an army of volunteers, will be working diligently to make their dream home a reality.
According to Diane Korman, Senior Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the choice of Hall and Classic was easy, “We look for Builders who are leaders in their community and understand how important it is to give back. Hall Custom Homes and Classic Home Building &
Design have waived their fees, are working for free and will gather hundreds of trade partners, subs and volunteers to come together to build a house in one week. It is nothing short of a miracle.”
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), will enter its 4th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Denise Cramsey is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.