Extreme Home Makeover: Children who have been changed by the Grommesh family create a touching tributeTonight at the site of the Makeover, there were a few moments for everyone to pause and watch a moving and emotional tribute to the Grommesh family. The children in wheelchairs, who have been changed by the Grommesh family and their charity HOPE Incorporated, rolled across paint and made a canvas of opportunity and thanks.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's night 4 at the Extreme Makeover home build site in south Moorhead and crews continue to work around the clock. They are making incredible progress in front of hundreds of onlookers.
Tonight at the site of the Makeover, there were a few moments for everyone to pause and watch a moving and emotional tribute to the Grommesh family. The children in wheelchairs, who have been changed by the Grommesh family and their charity HOPE Incorporated, rolled across paint and made a canvas of opportunity and thanks.
They lined up to make art.
DANNY ISAACFERGUS FALLS” They encouraged me that I can be like normal people.”
To write words that will greet those visiting the Grommesh home, words that a national TV audience will see from the heart and soul of children who refuse to watch from the sidelines.
HANNAH PAPENFUSMOORHEAD: “So you want to help out in any way you can so it can be the best it can possibly be for them.”
DAWN PAPENFUSHANNAH'S MOM: All of may have not been friends before but they have drawn us all together because of this common journey.
MISSI ISAACDANNY'S MOM: “To be able to give these kids the chance to be a part of what is going on in the community to give these kids an opportunity to laugh. It is amazing it really its.”
Perhaps most touching moment was the smiling faces of those children whose pictures will form a collage inside the new home. Not just their faces, but the hands that are crippled. A reminder of what is not broken. The perfect heart and soul of every one of these kids now forever part of this upcoming home of hope.
Extreme Makeover is still asking for people in wheelchairs to help break a world record for spelling the word HOPE. That is Friday at three at Moorhead's Miracle Field.
Three days to raise 100-thousand dollars. Heritage Homes set up a trust to raise enough money to pay down the mortgage of the extreme home Makeover house and pay taxes and insurance on the new house as well as the old house, which we've been told is going to another deserving family to be announced.
The lead fundraiser certainly has his work cut out for him, and is asking for any financial help you can give.
“I've had to raise a lot of money in the past; this one is probably the fastest I've ever had to do and coordinate in my life. So this one is going to be really interesting, we're basically going to be living here, doing it, taking donations, setting up fundraisers.”
If your school or organization wants to set up a fundraiser, you can call or email Akers. If you want to donate directly, drop off checks written to Heritage Trust at the main Extreme Makeover check-in tent by the Moorhead Mariott, or at any Bremer Bank.