Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Fresno, CA, USA -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Right now there are five finalists. The wining family has not yet been announced, but we learned a great deal about the local builders who are gearing up for the task.

"Move that bus!"

Soon, that well known phrase will ring out here in the Central Valley. But before Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team get to work, Paula De Young with De Young properties says they must figure out how to tackle a huge challenge.

"We are going to build this house in seven days."

Over the past few weeks Jerry De Young has spent countless hours meeting with contractors and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crews. He's making sure the hundreds of people involved in the project are timing out an hour by hour schedule. "It is intense there are a lot of people working at the same time which is not normal for our industry."

Jerry says for builders, this project presents two tough challenges. One the home must be built in seven days.

"You're packing one month's work into 1 day worth of progress. That's over a 24 hour period. It's not like a normal 24 hour period they might work. It's more like three full days in one."

The second part of the challenge, all of the materials and labor used to build the new home has to be donated from the people of Fresno. "It's going to be an exciting time for everyone in our community. It's going to be neighbor helping neighbor. That's what's exciting about it."

This includes things like five meals a day for workers. Now crews are calling on the Valley to help. Restaurants or caterers are needed to volunteer food services. they also need runners to take food and water to workers, cleanup crews are needed to keep the site clean, inventory to track goods and supplies, and they are looking for miscellaneous volunteers to step in when needed. So far more than 200 people have already signed up to help. Ashley De Young says that's a good sign. "Every little bit counts. It just touches your heart to help people."

The Paula De Young says this is a welcomed challenge and there is one thing to keep in mind.

"This will be a deserving family who is desperate for a home and it will be a wonderful commitment to fulfill."

On January 8th Ty Pennington will knock on the lucky family's door to begin a life changing experience.


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