Extreme Makeover: Home Edition helps out Katrina victims

When Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf Coast, many houses were swept away or destroyed. One house that weathered the storm was built by the ABC reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The house, just 10 miles from the devastated city of New Orleans, sustained major flood damage but was still standing. Now, the show will return to the home and perform some much-needed repairs, ABC News reported Wednesday.

In an episode that aired in April, 2005, the Extreme team made over the home of a widow and her three surviving children after her husband and oldest son were killed in a car accident. The home included a backyard playground built with help from freestyle bike champ Mat "The Condor" Hoffman.

"As home builders we're proud [the house stood]. As human beings, we're pretty horrified by [Katrina's] devastation," said Ty Pennington, the shows carpenter and breakout star.

As the Extreme team makes its way back toward the flood-damaged house, they are helping out needy victims who have been displaced by the savage storm. Pennington says the show is "leading a convoy with one of our sponsors. [We're] heading down to the shelters with sleeping bags, generators, things that they need."

Pennington said he hopes the show inspires more people to help out the needy, especially in the Gulf Coast.

"When people come together, amazing things really can happen," he said. "In this situation, we should lead by example and actually do what we can."

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is part of a new trend in reality shows that focuses on uplifting topics such as helping the needy. While Makeover builds houses for the poor and tragedy-wracked, Pennington himself is a national spokeperson for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with which he is diagnosed. NBC's new reality show Three Wishes, starring Amy Grant, will grant the heart's desire of three lucky people each week. In The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, the domestic guru helps hopeful contestants actualize their arts-and-craft dreams, and in America's Next Top Model, supermodel Tyra Banks inspires beautiful young women to pose for uplifiting photographs.

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hey this is for whoever will read this i am writing to you on behalf of my sister esther l. dyer im writing because she could really use ur help and we both have came upon some really hard times as of late most due to the fact we lost our mom on feb 1st of this year and my sister (esther) is taking it really hard my mom was our life line and was my sisters world and means to get buy my sister who is disabled since she was 21 and is now 23 has three beautiful sons 1,4,and5 and the house well trailer they live in is not fit for my nephews and the one year old was very premature is very sickly im just one man and i cant give her the help she deserves and is in need of im also disabled and live check to check as well but i guess my point is i know u guys can give her the help she much deserves esther is a great mom and her kids come first in her life but since my mom died theres not been much of anything good going for her and her 3 boys so if u could find it in ur heart to help out my sisters family it would be greatly deeply appriecated the house i am refering to is in so. Rumford,maine if u need more details contact me at turtle81@live.com thank you for ur time and please consider my sisters home for an extreme makeove because we know it needs it thank you sincerely william thomasIII my contact info is phone# 207-890-1191
email is turtle81@live.com
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Hey this is for the whole team you guys are amazing and everytime I watch one of the shows weather its a rerun or new show the stories touch my heart and I just relieze the little things in life mean so much. You all know what you do for these families. Ty never stop the crazy things you do on the shows that always brings smiles to EVERYONES face. Keep up the good work all of you, you guys are amazing once again!!!!!!!!!!
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I love love this show TY is just so awesome how every1 help all these people in need,thank god for this show and CBS great job you guys:P)~~~
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Hey Ty, I was wondering if you help people in situations that need help right away. I don't know if you will read this or not but here goes.I need you help as soon as possible. I am about to lose my home. Please Help me
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I love the way that you help people, i am a woman who don't think she is pretty and i think that i am fat and unattractive even tho i have a future husband in my life but i don't think that i am attractive enough to go down the alise with this man
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I'am all for programing on TV that focuses on uplifting topics for building people lives and making a differance.
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I'am all for programing on TV that focuses on uplifting topics for building people lives and making a differance.
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Dear Abc i think you are doing gods work keep it up.
your bigest fan emma
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This one was the best episode so far.. But I do have toi tell you that it very hard to beat the all. I practily cry every time I watch you with all of these great people. I can't stop the tears from comming everytime I see there faces on everything you all do for everybody. Ty, I love you and everything that you stand for. I would love an opertunity to help when ever I can. The best of luck to you and the whole crew. Also to next people that you touch there lives so deaply.
Rachel A. Canny-Olivet
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this is all great until katrina victims sue ABC for faulty roofing, etc.!!
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That's so nice of them. Those guys and ABC are really great.
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