In just over a week Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
will blow into Central Arkansas to change one family's home and life.
In 2005, the show re-did Coleen Nick's home in Alma. Coleen's daughter Morgan disappeared 13 years ago from a ball field, and has never been found. And even though it's an ABC show, FOX16 went to find out how an event like this brings people together.
Over 6 years and 6 seasons, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
has changed the lives of dozens of families. Every week 15,000 families send letters to producers asking for help. One deserving family is chosen, this time somewhere near Little Rock.
Tuesday at the Church of Rock Creek
, dozens turned out for a pep rally to find out how they can help. "We've been blessed in our lives. This is a chance to give back to somebody who needs some help," said Kevin Fink.
"To be able to go in and really change somebody's life, this is a life-changing thing," said Jack Wilson.
Show Executive Producer Conrad Ricketts says this is more than just changing a families life. "What I love about this, everybody comes thinking they are going to change a family's life and they change their own life in the process," he said.
Normally a project like this takes 5 months, but Extreme Makeover
and countless volunteers have only 4 1/2 days to make this happen. That's 106 hours.
"They come to it thinking it’s impossible, that it can't really happen in a week. Thousands of people who don't know each other make the impossible happen," said Ricketts.
On August 14th, one family in the Little Rock area will receive a knock on their door, letting them know they have been chosen. In four and a half days they will have a newly renovated home.
We're told the family has not yet been chosen, and that the decision is not finalized until hours before.