Extreme Makeover volunteers have different reasons for helping

Extreme Makeover volunteers have different reasons for giving back


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the deadline to finish the Watson's new home draws near, more and more people are giving their time to get this home complete.

Each volunteer has a different reason why the decided to help.

"I was diagnosed with leukemia when I was three-years-old and I had a lot of support behind me," said volunteer Mick Rhymes. "I just feel like to do this and give back what people have done for me."

"It's a great thing," said volunteer Jake Siler. "I watched it on television all the time. I see all these people coming out who don't even know the family working their butts off. It's just something I want to be a part of."

Even though many people did not have the skills to build the home itself, they did whatever they were told to do.
"We've been moving flooring from way over there to inside the garage, moved lighting," said volunteer Lauren Bellamy.

Many of the volunteers signed up for the overnight shift. Most did not seem to mind.
"No, not at all," said volunteer Dani Rosenburg. "We are so pumped to be here and help out that I don't even notice it. It's like two am this morning."

"Late hours that's just part of it," said Siler. "You put on more layers and help. It's great."

All of the volunteers we spoke with say they are excited to see the Watson's reaction when they get home, and that this experience is something they will never forget.
"It's just great to see the entire community come out and all the people who want to help a family they don't even know," said Bellamy.

Even though most of the volunteers are from Tennessee, some have traveled from Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma.

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