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Skilled Workers and Lumber Needed for Knoxville "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

KNOXVILLE -- To accomplish the Knoxville "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in January, more volunteers with building trade skills are still needed. Also needed are construction materials, especially lumber.

"We have been astonished by the speed with which we filled all ou.r shifts for general volunteers, whom we call 'Helping Hands,'" said Kim Henry, the volunteer coordinator on the project. "Clearly our community is living up to our reputation as 'extreme volunteers,'" she said.

There are still many slots open for people experienced in construction. To sign up, please visit the website www.joinextreme.com/tennessee or access it through the Grace Construction website, www.grace-info.com, or the Moxley Carmichael website at www.moxleycarmichael.com.

The Emmy-award winning TV show, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" has announced it will come to Knoxville on Jan. 10 and, using community volunteers and donations, work around the clock for a week to build a new home for a deserving family. The show, which will be a two-hour special, will air late in 2012.

The website also contains a list of the most urgently needed construction materials for the project, but Branscom said he can sum that up in a few words. "We need lumber, lumber, lumber!" he said. "And we need it yesterday, yesterday, yesterday!"

More than 2,300 general volunteers have signed up to help during shifts where unskilled workers are needed and is now putting folks on a waiting list.

"Also needed are cedar posts and beams, decking materials or packages, and roofing shingles and metal roofing," said Scott Branscom, the chief operating officer of Grace Construction, the lead builder on the project.

To go along with the construction project, Grace has established a "Knoxville Family Build Fund" to collect money to help the selected family. Although the specific family will not be made public until Jan. 10, the families typically selected for the ABC show have special needs or unique circumstances that require financial support. Donations to the fund can be made at any branch of Home Federal Bank, which itself has donated $20,000 to the fund.

Additionally, souvenir T-shirts are available for a donation of $10 for short-sleeved or $20 for long-sleeved. They can be ordered through the website, as well.

Published December 23, 2011

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