Single moms give back at Extreme Makeover home build

Single moms give back at Extreme Makeover home build

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"I came in the middle of the night so that kind of helps," Amanda Collins said. "I came in the middle of the night so that kind of helps," Amanda Collins said.
The overnight shift from Thursday into Friday was one of bitterly cold temperatures, snow and strong winds. The overnight shift from Thursday into Friday was one of bitterly cold temperatures, snow and strong winds.
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By TEARSA SMITH
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many of the hundreds of volunteers at the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition project in Knoxville are giving up precious family time to help build a home for Daniel and Mandy Watson.

Amanda Collins, a volunteer from Lenoir City, is a single mom to four-year-old, Emma, works full time, goes to school and is putting in hours to qualify for a home from Habitat for Humanity, yet she still found time to help with the Extreme Makeover build on Robinson Road.

The Watson left their jobs five years ago and created The Restoration House of East Tennessee, a non-profit organization that provides single mothers with housing, mentoring and advocacy.

"I came in the middle of the night so that kind of helps," Collins said. "I put my little girl to bed. I came out and we signed up for the 2:00 to 8:00 a.m. (shift)."

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Collins laughed about what she was wearing. "Three pairs of socks, Hot Hands and three pairs of pants and about six shirts."

She signed up to volunteer with a co-worker, and says she was excited to hear there was an opening for her.

"I know what it's like to need volunteers because everything with my house is based on volunteers and their help to come out," Collins said.

She also says it's been a thrill to work on the Watson family home, and it's even more amazing to see how hard all of the volunteers are working for a family many don't know.

"I can't wait for the family to see this house. I would be tickled to death. I am so tickled for them," she said.

Many of the volunteers are pulling overnight shifts and then heading to their full time day jobs.

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