February 10, 2011
Millions of eyes will be on Wichita this month as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition highlights a local family. But before that family gets a new home, thousands of people will have to pitch in to help. So, a pep rally Thursday night aimed to get the community involved.
"I got the call from ABC, and I knew right away I was going to do it," said Wichita builder Bob Cook, of Bob Cook Homes.
That call only came three weeks ago. But Thursday, Cook was already standing in front of his community asking for help in giving a deserving family a new home.
"Everybody dreams about giving a chance to somebody that deserves it," said Cook.
That chance is coming along with a famous bus. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has traveled the nation giving a second chance to those worthy of one, and that is what brought them to Kansas.
"I think that's what we're looking for -- heroes. Those folks that might have horrible circumstances on their own, but they're out reaching out to other people, making a difference in their community," said Extreme Makeover Senior Producer Milan Vasic.
So the rally aimed to pull people together to help pay it forward to the family who will find out they're getting a new home in just one week, and will actually have their new home the week after that. But in order for it to happen, it takes an entire community, and producers say they're confident in Wichita.
"It is kind of the heart of America. I mean people here are already used to helping their neighbor out," said Vasic.
"The volunteers are coming forward. We're going to get this house built," said Cook.
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