Restoration House employee nominated family for home makeover

Restoration House employee nominated family for Extreme Home Makeover

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"This family has a huge heart. They do for others sometimes before they do for themselves. That's the main thing I've learned about them," Kim Spoon said. "This family has a huge heart. They do for others sometimes before they do for themselves. That's the main thing I've learned about them," Kim Spoon said.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Kim Spoon is a social worker at The Restoration House, the faith-based, non-profit organization founded by Daniel and Mandy Watson.

Spoon also nominated the family for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

"This family has a huge heart. They do for others sometimes before they do for themselves. That's the main thing I've learned about them," she said.

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Spoon says the nomination was the least she could so for the two people who have made her job as enjoyable as it can be.

"Daniel has a very laid-back style and so does Mandy so sometimes when you're operating a in a crisis situation, that's a great thing to have. It's wonderful," Spoon explained.

The Watsons conceived the plan for the charity in 2005, when Mandy was asked what she would do if money were not an issue.

Restoration House began from her response. It runs solely on donations. None of the operating funds come from local, state or federal government.

"The Watsons I think truly are the most selfless couple I have ever met. They give so freely and hold so loosely on to everything they have. Their talents, their time, their money, their home. Everything they have, they would freely give to anyone in need," said Carol Reeve, a member of The Restoration House Board of Directors.

There are two single mother families living on the Watsons' property, and co-workers say they're sure the generosity will continue in their new home.

"They live this work. It's not just a job or an agency, it's a ministry to them and they live it," Spoon said.

Restoration House employees were also thrilled that this couple would finally get a true family vacation.

"I'm more excited that I've heard Daniel is not going to have his cell phone or computer with him for the vacation. They deserve this. It's so exciting," Spoon said.

According to The Restoration House, there are more than 12,000 single-mother families in the Knoxville area, and about half of those live under the poverty line.

The Restoration House receives about 35 calls a month from single mothers seeking help.

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