It’s been a while since we checked in with the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew. They’re in full swing helping families around the nation with the most recent stop being in Kentucky. Also coming up, for sweeps, is a four episode special where they do major work in areas stricken by Katrina and Rita. I’m fully expecting each episode to require a whole box of Kleenex for support.
Last Sunday’s episode was the White family. Danna White, the Pastor’s widow had her trailer home replaced with a 5000 sq ft mansion. The episode also helped a second family, friends of the Whites. There’s a great article in the Bartlesville newspaper that interviews the White’s, who were the first family in Oklahoma to receive a home from the EM:HE team, and shows what the Families go through in the process.
It’s also interesting to know what gets left out of each carefully crafted EM:HE episode. For instance, according to this story, Danna’s husband John had been married before and was a widower with four children from that marriage and that he and Danna had six children together. I only counted five on the broadcast, why no mention of the sixth? Another thing that doesn’t make it into each episode is how EM:HE often motivates a wave of good in the communities it touches, such as this ‘extreme-paint-a-thon‘ in Tulsa, OK.. I’d love to see a second show that concentrates just on those secondary community efforts. Real people helping each other.
This coming Sunday’s episode helps the family of one Dustan Rainford.
If you don’t mind being spoiled, you can read about the most recent home which benefits a Kentucky family. There are pictures too.