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Year in review: ‘Extreme Makeover’ inspires many
Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris and his family were the recipients in January 2012 of a new home, courtesy of ABC-TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and thousands of local volunteers.
Wilson County NewsJanuary 9, 2013 2,567 views 1 comment
FLORESVILLE -- It began early last January with a short press advisory, simply stating that a family in the San Antonio area was among those being considered for an “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” home.
A flurry of “yes, it’s in Wilson County,” and “no, it’s not,” finally led to a call for volunteers to help construct a home for a local wounded warrior. Volunteers flooded in from across the area, some even coming from outside the Lone Star State to help.
Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio became the first nonprofit organization to manage construction for the ABC-TV show, as volunteers descended on rural Wilson County to build a custom home for retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Shilo Harris and his family. Harris, wounded in Iraq, has become a motivational speaker while recovering from his injuries and extensive burns, inspiring other wounded soldiers and many others through his appearances.
Among the host of local businesses, organizations, and individuals helping with the project, located between Floresville and Stockdale, were Kevin Brown of Abrego Development Co., Jeanine Schoenert of D&D Custom Homes, and Jon Wayne Heating and Air. More than 3,000 people volunteered on the project, dwarfing the usual 1,000 volunteers for an Extreme Makeover build.
The new home, built in less than a week, was revealed to the family Jan. 21, 2012. National viewers of the popular TV show tuned in Dec. 10 to view the episode, one of the last made for the series.
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