Volunteer works on Extreme Makeover build between regular jobs

Volunteer works on Extreme Makeover Knoxville build between regular jobs

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"The trade people are here for 12 hours," Chris Dillon said. "Some stay longer. Some have been here for 18 hours and then they have to go to their own jobs." "The trade people are here for 12 hours," Chris Dillon said. "Some stay longer. Some have been here for 18 hours and then they have to go to their own jobs."
"I've never been on a job site where so many people have come together and done such an amazing job," Dillon said. "I've never been on a job site where so many people have come together and done such an amazing job," Dillon said.
One of the projects going on Monday morning was sawing trim pieces. One of the projects going on Monday morning was sawing trim pieces.

By BO WILLIAMS
Good Morning Tennessee Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Since the Extreme Makeover home project began last week in West Knoxville, hundreds of volunteers have rotated through shifts 24/7.

Volunteer sub-contractor Chris Dillon has made it his duty to work every day on the new home for Daniel and Mandy Watson and their three adopted children.

Dillon, who's a handyman, says participating in the build on Robinson Road with all the parts of the project going on at once has left him "amazed."

"I've never been on a job site where so many people have come together and done such an amazing job. And to be on top of each other and never get irritated with each other, it's a blessing," Dillon said.

Like a number of skilled volunteers, Dillon is putting in his time whenever possible.

After his shift is done at the Robinson Road site, he still needs to focus on his own projects to keep food on the table.

"The trade people are here for 12 hours," he said. "Some stay longer. Some have been here for 18 hours and then they have to go to their own jobs."

When asked how he's able to do that, Dillon said, "Red Bull (energy drink)," with a laugh. "It's amazing. You just get fatigued, but you work through it. It's hard, but it's not hard. You just work with everybody and it works out well."

After all these years as a skilled worker, Dillon summed up what he's learned from this project in two words "organizational skills."

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