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Volunteers redefine remodeling

September 27, 2005

Valdosta - It looks more like a demolition zone now, but by the end of the weekend, it will be the home Mary Huntsman has always dreamed of. "It's going to be a major shock when she comes home and sees what's happened," said Larry Yarbrough, Volunteer.

Her home is getting an exterior and interior face lift, thanks to a faith based group called the Carpenter's Helpers. Each year, they pick a deserving family and reward them with an extreme home makeover. "Mary is a grandmother who's just widowed, just got custody of the three grandbabies, she sands boats for a living, she's been doing it for 15 years and she needs to be feeling special so that's what we're here for," said Cindy Bardes, Project Organizer.

And when they say extreme, they mean it. The home was completely gutted to make way for a bigger and better living space. "Just imagine taking a house, emptying it out, starting from scratch, and putting everything back in brand new," said Bardes.

They're also adding four new rooms so Mary and her three young grandchildren can live a little more comfortably. "We're giving them a master bath, walk-in closet, office-play area, and a screened in porch," said Bardes.

"She won't know the house when she comes home," said Yarbrough.

Not only will this house be completely remodeled when the family returns home, the cabinets will be filled with new dishes, closets with new clothes, and many more new furnishings. "All new furniture, all new appliances, new landscaping, everything," said Bardes.

The makeover cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the amazing part of this project is, most of the work and supplies are donated. "The roofer is paying for the labor and all the shingles, the plumber has put all the stuff in out of his pocket, and the list goes on," said Yarbrough.

A community working together, giving their time and money for a very special lady.

The group still needs volunteers to finish the home by Sunday. They'll be working daily from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 at the home at 2028 Lasalle Drive.

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