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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:56 am 
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...AMAZING.

Right now, the cast and crew of ABC's Extreme Makover: Home Edition, the crew of Simmons Homes, and hundreds of volunteers are in Dewey, Oklahoma, helping a family that I know, rebuild their lives. It is amazing what they are doing.

The family is that of John and Danna White. John was pastor of a church that my sister and I attended in Wann, Oklahoma, when we were in high school. John and Danna had ten children, who we attended school with. My sister dated their oldest son, Luke. At any rate, the White's were a wonderful addition to our community, and we were truly sad when they moved out of our little town. They eventually ended up in Dewey, Oklahoma. On John and Danna's 19th Wedding Anniversary (April 11, 2005), John suffered a major heart attack, and died. Their church gave the White's as much help as they could, but eventually, they had to move out of the house (provided by the church), to make room for the new pastor. Danna apparently purchased two run down trailers (a single wide and a double wide), and some land, but was not able to move the trailers to the new land. On top of that, the trailers were not fit to live in, with the double wide having no electricity. The remaining five children who live at home, have been spending the coldest nights at friends' homes, just to stay warm. One thing we can be thankful for, is that it hasn't been as cold in Oklahoma, this year.

At any rate, members of their church wrote in to ABC, and submitted the White's for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and thankfully, they were chosen. They have been in Oklahoma for five days, building a brand new house for the whites, and the house is to be revealed on Saturday!

Unfortunately, I have to work, on Saturday, so I will not be able to drive down, and be there for the reveal. I would love to see them all, again. My sister is going to see them, on Saturday, and wish them all the best. I'm just so thankful for ABC, Simmons Homes, and all the volunteers. They are truly helping a very needy, but worthy family.

The episode is supposed to air in March. I can't wait for you all to see it. It is a very touching story.

http://www.extremesimmons.com/index.htm

http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0106/296284.html


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That's so nice to hear. We watch it on Sunday nights so I'll be sure to look for this episode. Let us know what the house is like when you find out.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:02 pm 
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I'll definitly try and watch that episode! Its so great what they are doing for deserving families like this!


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My sister and my mom went to the reveal of the house, yesterday.

It has been in serious drought condition, in Oklahoma, with alot of wild fires breaking out. Of all days for it to rain, it poured yesterday. Yes, Oklahoma needed the rain, but they didn't need the rain in Dewey.

Anyway, my sister just called me, and told me about it. She said she took quite a few pictures of the event, and got to talk to one of the children (the youngest son, Jesse). She said it was very interesting. She didn't get to speak to Luke (their son that she dated), because the children who had moved away from home were seated in a VIP section (and apparently will not be part of the reveal to the family), and people who were guests were not allowed to go to the VIP section.

She said it was very exciting, and there were so many people there. I can't wait to see the show. I'll keep you all posted about the airdate!


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I gave the wrong information about the airdate. It is Sunday, March 12th. This episode will be airing, then. I hope everyone will tune in, and see the wonderful things that ABC, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and Simmons Homes has done for the White family.

Here is a link to the information:

http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/index.html


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 8:28 pm 
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The episode has already started. I hope that you all are watching. I'm so happy for the White family!


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