Extreme Makeover volunteers enjoy bus ride to site

Extreme Makeover volunteers enjoy bus ride to site


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Extreme Makeover volunteers are being transported from the sign-in tent at Parkwest Church to where the Watson's new home is being built on Robinson Road by school bus.

Many said it has been awhile since they have traveled this way.

"I actually mentioned the bus earlier," said volunteer Erica Tate. "Wow, I haven't been on a bus since high school. It feels kind of weird."

Most of the volunteers did not mind this type of transportation to get back and forth to their vehicles.
"No, not at all," said volunteer Teresa Lough. "It's like I'm in school again."

"It's actually warmer than I remember school buses being when I was a kid," said volunteer David Black.

The bus ride gave many volunteers an opportunity to talk about why they came out to help.
"Tonight we saw they were begging for framers, so I've done a little bit of that in the past, not to call myself good, called a buddy of mine and said we outta go," said Black. "They are really hurting right now."

"I just got off work, so it would be a good time to go, especially when they are focused on doing something right away," said volunteer Tony Hullett.

Even though many of the volunteers did not know the Watson family, they felt their work with single moms is pretty amazing.
 "It's awesome because there are a lot of single parents out there, like me," said Lough. "I'm one of them that needs this kind of help."

Despite the bumpy ride back and forth on the school bus, the volunteers said their experience helping with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was worth it.

"Everybody come out if you can," said Hullett. "It will be a lot of fun, and it's for a good cause."

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