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Day Six – Update on the Van & Mortgage

We need 100,000 people to donate $1.00 in 26 hours

So far, we have raised $17,2100  $21,506.35  $27,020  $32,646   $34,874.

See live streaming video of the current amount raised.

We appreciate every donation and we need more but the last donation we received from Christian Olson, from Cataula, GA was one of the more magical moments on the build site this week. Christian came down to donate because his Dad John Olson works at Jeremy’s middle school. He brought his entire life savings to give toward the family getting a wheel chair accessible van and a mortgage free home . Why so magical? Well, Christian is 3 years old.

Future Extreme Volunteer

The donations are coming in as fast as we can count them. Since I started this article, the amount has gone up $3,000. We need more so keep them coming. WHETHER WE MISS, MEET OR EXCEED OUR GOAL, EVERY PENNY WE RECEIVE WILL GO TO THE FAMILY, PERIOD!!!!!!

How?

  1. Step one: Go to www.extremephn.com and click the Donate button.
  2. Step Two: Tell all your friends to donate $1.00. Start a chain email. Ask everyone you know to give just one dollar.

When?

Now. The family will be back on Saturday when we give them their keys. We need to reach 100,000 by Saturday morning.

What else?

We will also apply the money to paying off their current mortgage on their land. We want to give them a debt free new home. ALL of the donations Palm Harbor receives will go to the family.

Who?

Who do you know that would give a dollar AND tell a friend? Send them the web address www.extremephn.com and ask them to give a dollar and tell their friends. Put it on Facebook. Tweet the world. Tell your church. Challenge your club members or sorority or fraternity. I’d love to hear from you – tell me how many friends you enlisted to help the Williams family.

What’s Next

We are now 24 hours away from giving the family the keys. The house is nearly ready and it is incredible. The landscaping just started as well as the paving of the driveway. Things happen so fast – I went around back to take pictures, came back to the tent to download them, didn’t like the angle so I went back and there was now a fence built around the entire back yard. What was a dirt driveway 30 minutes ago is now paved. As I type this, the front year is all dirt, in 45 minutes, it will be a lush green yard. When we woke up this morning, the Williams family had a mortgage and no transportation, as I type this, we are 1/3 the way toward giving them a debt free home and a wheelchair accessible van. Amazing day.


Public Viewing

If you would like to attend the build site, there is a Public Viewing Area & VIP Tent. It will be open from 8AM – 8PM through Saturday 2/27. Parking for the shuttles to the site will be at Charles Moultrie Park at 10695 Highway 116, Hamilton, GA 31811 (click for map). No cars will be permitted at the build site. Shuttles only.

Day Five – We have a home, we need a van!

We need 100,000 people to donate $1.00 in 36 hours

The community has given so much to the Williams family this week. But the Williams still need more.

The house is built. The Design team is doing their thing to make it into a home. Every detail is designed to accommodate for Jacob’s easy movement throughout the house in his wheelchair. Jeremy says that he has come to terms with the fact that he will be in a wheel chair one day soon, so the house is also built to accommodate that reality. Every doorway, all the hallways, even the decks and access points are designed for the future likelihood of housing two wheelchairs.

Meet Colleen Rogers, Palm Harbor's VP of Advertising, joining the volunteer team todayOne large and daunting challenge remains: the family does not have a wheelchair accessible van! We want to transform the entire life of the Williams family, so we’re asking you to help. Please tell everyone you know that we need 100,000 people to give the Williams $1.00 – in the next 36 hours!

How?

  1. Step one: Go to www.extremephn.com and click the Donate button.
  2. Step Two: Tell all your friends to donate $1.00. Start a chain email. Ask everyone you know to give just one dollar.

It’s that easy.

When?

Now. The family will be back on Saturday when we give them their keys. We need to reach 100,000 by Saturday morning.

What else?

We will also apply the money to paying off their current mortgage on their land. We want to give them a debt free new home. ALL of the donations Nationwide and Palm Harbor Homes receive will go to the family.

Who?

Who do you know that would give a dollar AND tell a friend? Send them the web address www.extremephn.com and ask them to give a dollar and tell their friends. Put it on Facebook. Tweet the world. Tell your church. Challenge your club members or sorority or fraternity. I’d love to hear from you – tell me how many friends you enlisted to help the Williams family.


Public Viewing

If you would like to attend the build site, there is a Public Viewing Area & VIP Tent. It will be open from 8AM – 8PM through Saturday 2/27. Parking for the shuttles to the site will be at Charles Moultrie Park at 10695 Highway 116, Hamilton, GA 31811 (click for map). No cars will be permitted at the build site. Shuttles only.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Daily Update Thursday, February 25, 2010

COMMUNITY HELP NEEDED for EXTREME FUNDRAISING GOAL Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Nationwide Custom Homes and Palm Harbor Homes Reach Out to the Local Community to Help Family Needs

WHO: Nationwide Custom Homes and Palm Harbor Homes is proud to join forces with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to build a new house for the Williams family.

WHAT: You do not need to know how to hammer a nail to help the Williams family; you can make a difference by joining the community to make donations to help with family needs.

WHEN: Starting today, Thursday, February 25, 2010

WHERE: To make a donation toward the build, please visit www.nationwide-homes.com/extreme/donations.cfm or www.extremephn.com.  An account has been set up with PayPal to ensure safe, direct donations.

WHY:   The Williams family of Pine Mountain Valley is the latest family to be featured on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Jeremy and Jennifer Williams, whose son Jacob was diagnosed with Spina Bifida before he was born and Jeremy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease which both require special needs that place a monetary burden on the family.  

In an “extreme” effort to show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition viewers the Southern hospitality and commitment to Williams family, Nationwide Custom Homes and Palm Harbor Homes announced today that they will collect funds for the Williams family.  A fundraising goal of $80,000 has been made. Contributions will be collected through Saturday, February 27, 2010 the day the family’s new home will be revealed.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Nationwide Custom Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, and hundreds of volunteers are joining forces for the Williams family.  All of their time, talents, and materials resources are being donated to help build the Williams family’s new home in Pine Mountain Valley.

Day Four – Wow, there is a house on the property now!

We have built the house, now it’s time to make it a home.

We have all heard the expression “What a difference a day makes.” It’s not a strong enough expression around here. We are seeing changes over the course of hours, even minutes that are simply amazing. Today we will finalize the delivery and construction elements so we can soon turn the house over to the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Design team-who will transform the house into a home.

The Williams FamilyAs I walked through the house last night, I thought about Jeremy and Jacob. I don’t pretend to understand the challenges they face but I just walked through the house thinking of the two of them since part of the mission is to make their lives easier. I’m not privy to all the plans of the Design Team but as a huge fan of the show, I know to expect great things to make Jeremy and Jacob’s daily lives much better. Then I realize how I had selfishly overlooked the challenges Jennifer and Josie face on a daily basis. Extreme Makeover isn’t about helping individuals, it’s about changing a family’s life. I can’t tell you about the interior of the house but I can tell you this after walking through the house, the lives of all four will be changed.

Words escape me for how exhilarating this entire event has been for me, our entire building team as well as all of our 1,800 employees across the country. I’d pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming but my hands are too cold LOL. We saw a little sleet and snow early this morning and temperatures are dropping fast. But that’s the only thing dropping, spirits are high and as they say in Hollywood, “the show must go on.” No one skipped a beat, nor will they.

Like everyone else, my mother is anxious to know every detail I’m allowed to tell her on a daily basis. Today she emailed me and said:

Just thought you would like to know that my devotional for today is from Proverbs 24 and I was not surprised to see it talk about building a house. Just thought I’d share:

By wisdom a house is built and through understanding it is established, through knowledge it’s rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

I will continue to pray for the Williams family and everyone involved.

Love ya, Mom

Just one of the many meaningful encounters this project has stirred in the last few days. It is a week I wish would last a year – except I miss the Williams family and I’m ready for them to come home.

Come On Board!

Please consider volunteering to support the needs of a worthy family who truly deserves the assistance of a concerned community. We deeply appreciate your generosity and support. Sign up today!