For those of you not from the area, or who have not heard yet, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming to Madison this week. It was announced about 2 weeks ago, and since then the word has been spreading all over town. I have heard numerous conversations around town where people have been speculating about who the lucky family will be.
When we first found out about the show coming to town, we learned that Veridian, the company that built our home, would be the homebuilder heading up the project. David has a contract through Veridian to do all of their hauling for their homesites, so he immediately put a call in to his contacts at the company letting them know that Pellitteri’s would like to be the waste hauler for the project. We figured it would be a great opportunity to give back to the community, and if one of our dumpsters just so happened to make it on national television that would be an added bonus!
He heard back from Veridian within a few days and was told that Pellitteri’s could do the hauling. So, David has been busy making preparations and planning for the job. If you’ve never watched the show, basically they demolish a home and then rebuild it all in one week. As you can imagine demolishing an entire home will probably produce quite a bit of waste so David and his drivers will be busy during those initial days. They work nonstop 24 hours a day so they will be filling up those dumpsters all day and all night long!
From what we’ve heard it sounds like they have 5 families who have all made it through the interviews and are waiting to hear if they are the chosen family. I guess they will all stand at their front doors on Thursday morning waiting to see if Ty and his posse show up at their front door. This is the part that I think is really sad. 1 of the families is going to have a great day. They will get a brand new half a million dollar home, that is designed and decorated by professionals…a dream home, plus they get to take a fun trip while their home is being redone! The other 4 families will sit at their front doors hoping for Ty to show up and will be, I imagine, devastated not to be chosen. It’s not like these are people who entered a sweepstakes and are hoping for a new home. Generally these are people who have suffered personal tragedies, are living with disabilities, or whose homes are dangerous and run down…deserving people!
I’m not really sure how all of that is handled. Maybe the producers call them that morning and let them know they haven’t been picked so that they aren’t just standing at their doors, or maybe they give them some sort of consolation prize. Anyway, that is the only thing about this that makes me sad.
I think it will be exciting to see which family gets picked, to hear their story, and to maybe go watch as a spectator for a while and see the whole process live, in-action. I told David if I couldn’t get a good enough view as a spectator, then I was going to hop on one of his garbage trucks and make him take me along to pick up a load so that I could see everything up close.
They’re making the announcement on Thursday morning as to who the lucky family will be, and the official demolition begins on Saturday (at least that is what David has told me, since he has had a few meetings with the builders and producers so he will know what to expect). David and I will be out of town this weekend for a wedding, but we will be coming back on Sunday, and at some point will be heading out to the homesite to take a look at things. I will take some pictures and post them here once we’re able to do that. In the meantime if you’re interested in information about the project you can go to this website for some info: http://veridiangives.com/.