Follow If you remember, a group of the Gallery Direct team went out to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build last year. The episode airs tonight!!! Tune in to ABC at 7pm Central Time. The two hour show is the special Christmas-themed … Read More
If you remember, a group of the Gallery Direct team went out to the Extreme Makeover Home Edition build last year. The episode airs tonight!!! Tune in to ABC at 7pm Central Time. The two hour show is the special Christmas-themed episode, where host Ty Pennington visits the Zdroj Family of Smithville, TX. Mizzy Zdroj is a female firefighter volunteer whose own home was destroyed by the largest wildfire in Texas history. The episode features an appearance by BMX biker Matt Hoffman, Chef Art Smith and some special guests from "Star Wars." No longer than two months before we arrived to the home, the most destructive wild fire in Texas history ripped through this area destroying over 1,600 homes; leaving many families and the surrounding pine forests completely devastated. The community has since demonstrated that even a natural disaster of this magnitude couldn't keep them down. After the month long fire ended, volunteers with varying skills from Bastrop and surrounding areas banded together to rebuild their homes from rubble. Extreme Makeover spent a lot of time in Bastrop speaking to locals about the specific destruction they had experienced while also searching for a family who was in need of more than a little extra help. During their search they learned about the Heart of the Pines Volunteer Fire Department which had been completely destroyed during the fire while the firefighters were out battling the flames themselves. Members of the Heart of the Pines are all long standing volunteer members, but during such an unexpected and overwhelming catastrophe, many members of community left their homes behind to help aid the Firefighters defend what was left of the town they share and call home. One of these selfless individuals was Mizzie Zdroj. The Zdroj home was located less than 400 yards from the Heart of the Pines fire station, and burned to the ground in mere moments of each other. Abandoned foundations and burned single standing chimneys lined the road leading up to the Zdroj and Heart of the Pines site. It's heartbreaking to see the widespread damage throughout Bastrop and Smithville. In just 7 days, Extreme Makeover and the community not only rebuilt the Zdroj family home, but also completed a fire station for Smithville's Heart of the Pines firefighter family. As proud sponsors of this effort and Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Gallery Direct got out of the office for a few days and into the volunteer action over in Smithville. Nearing the end of the project, for 3 days hundreds of volunteers came out to help with the finals stages, from landscaping to simply moving furniture in. Every aspect of building these new structures was donated, sponsored and offered up freely by Extreme Makeover and the community. That's pretty powerful, see for yourself and tune in tonight at 7p (CT) on ABC.
The Extreme Makeover Home Edition Season 9 is in full swing and is already on it's 4th episode of the season (aired on 10.16.11). I had the pleasure to watch the episode and tweet with fellow admirer's of what EMHE does for families in need. For this past Sundays episode I was able to join other EMHE viewers online while watching Season 9's 4th episode about the Korpai family. In this episode Ty and the rest of the EMHE crew head to Crawford, NY to surprise a family that have been advocating for dwarfism since having their daughter, Hailey. Hailey was born with dwarfism and as a Little Person she had challenges with her home. Jimmy and Darlene (Hailey's parents) are the President and Vice President of the New York chapter of Little People of America. Their home serves as the facility for their Little People of America chapter and they wanted to be able to appropriately accommodate Little People visitors and Hailey. The Korpai's are such an inspiration and a deserving family to have the help of EMHE. MOVE THAT BUS! The EMHE crew built an amazing home and a new Understanding Dwarfism Center where everything is at the perfect level. A lot of thought and care goes into building these homes. Of course I didn't make it through the entire episode without crying! Hailey was such a sweet little girl! It touched my heart to see all of the people reaching out to support this family. Every inch is thoroughly thought out by the EMHE team, including the artwork! At Gallery Direct we're proud to be able to donate artwork to each episode of EMHE. The EMHE crew chooses the artwork specifically for each families new home from our collection. These are the Gallery Direct artwork pieces that were seen on this episode: [gallery columns="4" orderby="title"]