Watson's non-profit responds to hundreds of calls and donations

Watson's non-profit responds to hundreds of calls and donations

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By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Before last Tuesday's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition door knock, the non-profit called The Restoration House of East Tennessee got about 35 calls a month from single mothers looking for help.

After the organization's founders, Daniel and Mandy Watson, were chosen for the Extreme Makeover of their home on Robinson Road, that all changed.

"My voice mailbox is full. Every hour, on the hour we have gotten calls from single moms in the Bronx. We've gotten calls from California, Florida, nationwide," says staffer Kim Spoon.

Staff members are also taking calls from people wanting to make contributions. "We've actually already received some donations as I've been checking the mail daily because the mailbox has been full," Spoon said.

Like the voice mails, the donations are coming from people from every walk of life.

"We've gotten phone calls from Sunday School groups, from Girl Scout groups. Folks are just coming out of the woodwork wanting to help now that they've been educated on who we are and what we do," Spoon said.

The staff of the small office is happily overwhelmed by the response.

"It is amazing to know that so many folks in such a short amount of time have learned about the Restoration House and what we do. Now we just need to figure out how to accommodate more moms," Spoon said.

TRH's long-term goal is to provide housing for about 15 single moms and their families, in an apartment-style community to be named The Village.

Now TRH just needs the land and the funds to do it.

Until then, the staff is ready to get back to what they do best, helping single moms.

"It has been a great week. It's been impressive the amount of work that's been going on, but I am ready to get back to the desk and to continue to return the mountain of phone calls we've received and to get back to business with our moms as well," Spoon said.

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