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Morgan’s Wonderland-Extreme Makeover for Wounded Warrior in Floresville


Morgan’s Wonderland-Extreme Makeover for Wounded Warrior in Floresville
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January 14, 2012, 4:37pm
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Hundreds of volunteers involved in the homebuilding project by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) and Morgan’s Wonderland for a deserving wounded warrior and his family.

Work began today and will be going on around the clock to build a house for the Shilo Harris family in just a week when the keys to the new home are presented to the family on Saturday, Jan. 21.

On Feb. 19, 2007, while on patrol in Iraq, Army SSgt. Shilo Harris was critically injured after the truck he was riding in struck an IED. His face was literally melted away. Despite suffering burns over 40 percent of his body, Harris focused on the safety and well-being of the men under his command before allowing himself to receive treatment.

During endless months of painful surgeries, Harris and his loyal wife, Kathreyn, found their true calling -- to help wounded warriors through the agonizing and traumatic process of recovering, rehabilitating and learning to bravely face a life forever altered. Once sufficiently healed, Harris began a career as a motivational speaker, giving hope to those similarly impacted. Taking up the cause as well, Kathreyn began working for the Army Wounded Warrior Project.

With each passing day, the Harris family puts more distance between themselves and the event that reshaped their lives. Unfortunately, their present home stands as a constant reminder of their struggles. Its inability to protect Harris from dust and heat inhibits him from living a normal life. His suffering is a constant reminder of the devastating injuries he suffered. The family has tried everything to make the home comfortable for Harris, but whatever they do, it’s not enough. This hero who was burned and disfigured while fighting for America’s freedom cannot find respite in his own home.

While their new home is being built, the Harris family has been whisked away on a dream vacation to Landstuhl, Germany, so that Shilo and Kathreyn can meet with
wounded warriors who have recently returned from the field. Meanwhile, EMHE team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Ed Sanders and Xzibit, along with Morgan’s Wonderland and community volunteers, will build the structure.

The homebuilding site is at 2270 County Road 306, approximately seven miles east of Floresville off State Highway 97 (between Floresville and Stockdale).

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Bonnie L Knitig  
La Vernia, TX  
January 23, 2012 8:10pm
 
The home is beautiful. We live very near, and were thrilled by the fireworks Saturday. This family is very deserving, but I hope Wilson County Appraisal District does not gouge them too severely and burden this family (as it ... More ›

 
SuprF  
Floresville  
January 19, 2012 7:52am
 
What time is the reveal on Saturday? We wanted to make sure we're there to cheer on the Harris family.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 18, 2012 9:00pm
 
There is a photo of the house on our Home Page. It was taken today. We update the photo daily or twice daily to show each day's progress.

 
Joann Juhasz  
Floresville, TX  
January 18, 2012 6:39pm
 
Shilo Harris and his family are an inspiration to everyone. Shilo's strength, tenderness, and bright spirit are always there for those of us to try to capture and emulate. God bless our Country and Shilo and his family for ... More ›

 
Eugene T Drzymala Sr  
Stockdale, TX  
January 18, 2012 6:17pm
 
I'm looking for Photo's of the house also. Anyone know where they are

 
Citizen of wilson co.  
Wilson  
January 17, 2012 9:01am
 
There is a god. His testimony is to this wonderful brave person whom deserves it.

 
Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
January 16, 2012 7:23pm
 
Where w find photos of the progress?

 
Holly  
Floresville  
January 15, 2012 2:12pm
 
What a testimony of Gods grace, that he is indeed alive and well in peoples hearts and souls. SSgt Harris exemplifies all that is American, he served our country to his utmost, and I will forever pray for him and his family, ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
January 15, 2012 1:06pm
 
Morgan's Wonderland is reporting a record turnout of volunteers for this project. What a wonderful testament to our community.

 
Sonya & Martin Pruski  
Stockdale, TX  
January 14, 2012 4:49pm
 
What an amazing gift to a very deserving family! Blessing to all involved!

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