I alluded last week to an upcoming MAJOR community service project. Until yesterday, I could not reveal what the project is because the home owners weren’t told until yesterday morning. What you will read below is from the Show Producer from NBC
For the season premiere of George to the Rescue, George and the crew will be teaming up with the Today Show to help Rachelle and Chris, an engaged couple in North Carolina.
Rachelle was celebrating her upcoming wedding at her bachelorette party when tragedy struck. A close friend who was attending the party playfully pushed Rachelle into a shallow pool. Rachelle took a dive and hit her head, suffering a C6 spinal cord injury. She subsequently no longer can move or feel anything below her collarbone.
Rachelle and Chris postponed their wedding, but stayed together. They have a positive outlook on life and are working hard to overcome the new challenges that face them. Their “new reality.”
The Today Show featured the couple on their show and knew they had to do something special for them. They called George and his crew to team up with them for this special undertaking.
George and the Home Builders Association of Raleigh Wake County will be making Chris and Rachelle’s home wheelchair accessible by installing an elevator, gut renovating the master bathroom and redesigning their master bedroom to include a walk-in closet.
This show is being spearheaded by the Remodelers Council (sub group from HBA). Yesterday we began the project. All of the Blue Ribbon personnel along with people from five other companies participated in the surgical deconstruction of all the construction areas in preparation for the remainder of the work. We had 20 people working directly with the demolition and as a remarkable team put in 96 hours worth of work, filled three dumpsters with TEN tons of debris.
Along with the deconstruction team, there were electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, concrete people, film crew, several HBA folks, a group of veterans, and assorted neighbors at the house. There were 46 people who worked on this project and that was just Thursday.
Today, there were framers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, drywallers, insulators along with assorted neighbors at the house for the start of the reconstruction phase. In addition to a multitude of labor hours, ddonations include: plumbing fixtures, elevator, lighting, cabinetry, ceramic tile, hardwood flooring, paint, carpet, drywall, lumber, and essentially any thing else that you can think of that goes into building a home. There is even a landscaping contractor to make over the outside of the house. Now there is talk o doing a kitchen renovation as a complete kitchen was donated along with the Granite countertops.
Like I said, I have been part of something GRAND which will imprint my mind the remainder of my days. I hope to get by the house every day to take in progress photos to share with you.
There are some really great people in this world who just give and give.
Click on the link to the Blue Ribbon face book page to see more photos.
Chris and Rachelle will have their newly renovated home revealed LIVE on the Today Show Feb 22nd during the 8am hour.
The half hour George to the Rescue show will air April 2nd.