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Local businesses support the Floresville Community and "Extreme Makeover"


Local businesses support the Floresville Community and "Extreme Makeover"
The Extreme Makeover Home Edition bus arrives at Army SSgt. Shilo Harris' home to begin the week-long project as the family vacations in Germany. (Marvin Barnes photo)


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January 14, 2012, 11:12am
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas - January 14, 2012 - Equipment rental company United Rentals is one of many local companies working around the clock in Floresville, Texas, this week, where employees are providing construction equipment and services to Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The build is part of United Rentals' fifth year of partnership with the award-winning television show, which has relied on the industry leader for equipment and volunteers on more than 80 new home constructions.

The latest project benefits the family of Shiloh Harris, an Army veteran who was severely wounded while serving in Iraq. The United Rentals branch in nearby San Antonio is organizing the delivery of more than 60 pieces of equipment to the site, said Heath Breedlove, branch manager.

³Shiloh Harris has paid a huge price for serving our country, and yet all he thinks about is helping others² Breedlove said. ³This is a family that deserves the best quality of life we can give them. My team feels honored to support this project.²

Diane Korman, Senior Producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, said, ³Over 80 projects and more than 5,000 pieces of equipment, United Rentals has come through for us every time. Even in remote locations, United Rentals always has a branch close enough to arrange all the equipment we need, ensure its reliability, and deliver it within a three-hour window. Most importantly, they share our 'safety first' philosophy.²

The episode featuring the Harris family will air on ABC on a date to be announced.

Shiloh Harris suffered catastrophic injuries in Iraq when a bomb tore his truck to shreds. Through many months of painful surgeries and rehabilitation, Shiloh and his wife Kathreyn did more than persevere - they were inspired to help other wounded veterans cope. Shiloh counsels veterans and shares his experiences, and Kathreyn works with the Army Wounded Warrior Program. The Harris' rundown house is harmful to Shiloh, whose burns have left him hyper-sensitive to heat and dust. Now Shiloh and Kathreyn can raise their two young children in a safe, climate-controlled home from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

About ABC-TV's ³Extreme Makeover: Home Edition²
The Emmy award winning reality program ³Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,² now in its ninth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It's executive-produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 15, 2012 7:43pm
 
Thank you, Dawn! And we'll be posting plenty more photos online and in print, as well as following the progress of this exciting and worthwhile endeavor.

 
Dawn Dailey  
Floresville, TX  
January 15, 2012 3:07pm
 
You can find out more information regarding Helping a Hero on their website, helpingahero.org.

 
Dawn Dailey  
Floresville, TX  
January 15, 2012 3:02pm
 
I was out there on Saturday and it was such a great experience. The group that nominated Shilo Harris and family for the makeover home is an organization called Helping a Hero. Helping a Hero is a 501(c)(3) non profit, non-partisan ... More ›

 
Laura Dylla  
Adkins, TX  
January 15, 2012 11:06am
 
It was posted on FB that they are looking for a fork lift operator for night work. See link below for Morgans Wonderland for info to get!

 
Val Moczygemba  
Wilson County  
January 14, 2012 12:35pm
 
Does anyone know if they are still accepting volunteers?

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 14, 2012 11:14am
 
New story posted.

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