Big Hearts Makeover: More details about the Extreme Makeover plans
By Cindy Sexton
Eyewitness News Anchor
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- A major network television show is headed for Chattanooga, next month, to build a home for one local family.
ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will chose a home in a 15 mile vicinity of the city, giving the chosen family a new start to life.
The show may run on ABC, but when "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" comes to a community all of the people are excited and all of us in the media will tell the story.
"We have heard story after story from whether producer the folk they have sent to us. Everyone is so excited and that the reason you are here today... You re excited... about it," says builders Craig Smith.
Smith and business partner Jason Willard got the call from the shows producers the first week in January. It's been a whirlwind of planning since then. Getting folks to sign on to play a part.
A public relations company KMT Creative spearheaded the volunteer effort and getting the word out.
"Behind the scenes there are already 100s of people working getting volunteers taking phone call asking everybody to volunteer," says Smith.
The home and its landscape are already drawn up.
"They already had an idea of the program they wanted to see, style elevation.. Should be so we put it all together and drew up the working drawings," says architect John Greenfield.
"We designed the driveway the sidewalks coming in patios all outdoor stuff you see.. Created those spaces," says landscape architect Glen Craig.
It will all come together in mid February when they knock on the door of a deserving family. no one will know until then who it is.
The call is out for volunteers, with no limit to the numbers.
"Whether its materials…labor...monetary looking for all types of donations...not putting a limit on it," says Smith.
You don't have to have homebuilding skills. All types of help are needed.
"We have heard it changes a family's life, but it can change your life if you just get involved," says Smith.
"Its the spirit its the monetary donations coming to pep rally coming to fundraisers the whole community coming together," says Beth Johnson with KMT Creative, "to generate a spirit of giving that can live on."
Many are already preparing to cry.
"My daughters and i watch and cry every week called husband... I was very excited," says Missy Thompson with KMT Creative.
"People still can care.. We still can share we still can cry and emotions are great share em believe in em," says Willard.
"I hope it comes out what we intended it to be," says Greenfield.
A pep-rally is scheduled for February third at the Chattanoogan Hotel.
Construction is expected to start February 14th and the reveal will be on the 19th.