Extreme Makeover Home Edition – Reality TV with a heart?

Published 10 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 2:07 pm,

Ok, call me a softy, wimp, whatever, but this show gets to me every single week. Heck, this week it put a lump in my throat in the first five minutes… usually that doesn’t happen until the end of the show.

If you’re not familiar with the premise, on each episode the crew (including the ever-popular Ty Pennington from Trading Spaces) visits a family that has either submitted a request, or has had someone else submit a request for them, to have their home completely made over.


What happens is that with a construction/design crew of over 100 people, the house is completely gutted and updated depending upon the needs of the family. This usually includes state of the art appliances and plasma TVs, which are not necessarily needs, but once you’ve heard the family’s story you won’t begrudge them these things.

When I started watching the show I thought it would be great to have my house done. However, as the weeks go by, I’m thankful that I’m not on the show, as the families that appear have had life hand them some serious hardships. We’re talking paralysis, death in the family, etc.

Yes, this stuff happens to other people, but it does my heart good to see families who have fallen on tough times have something that is equivalent to a gift from God bestowed on them. The appreciation in the faces of these people is truly something to behold.

The flip side of the coin is that I cannot imagine the designers who are regulars on this show walking away without being changed forever.

Definitely worth watching. I recommend it highly.

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  1. my name is micheal hawkins and my dad has 4 kids and our grandma is really sick and she hepls pay our bills we live in a traylor and it gets really hot and if she dies we will have nothing he dont make that much money plz abc hepl us call us at 8270342 8550 at new haven rode kentucky

  2. hello, ty this is madison hawkins micheal hawkins sister. me and my sisters and brother have been though alot in in are lives.my dad about died when i was alonely 2 years old he was in a very bad car anicneted and lost his frineds and everything, are little sister hannah has had a heart problem, since she was born. she cant do any thing that has to do with runnin to hard. my dad is a very great guy he has been though alot with us. my grandmother is who me and my family have to use money and help us with sutff. my dad has no good job and he has 4 kids and my grandmother helps us with the bills and other sutff, and for christmas she has to help my dad out alot.. but she is geting very sick and if she dies we wont have anything letf we might even lose are house. my dad always tells us every things goiung to be ok he nevere wants to be help because he knows that we know that he cant do it, we wanted this to be a surpise for him.. and show thats ok to have help.. and i know he needs it, so please abc help us calls us or email us at 8270342 m.hawkins74@yahoo.com

  3. my name is micheal hawkins and my dad has 4 kids and our grandma is really sick and she hepls pay our bills we live in a traylor and it gets really hot and if she dies we will have nothing he dont make that much money plz abc hepl us call us at 8270342 8550 at new haven rode kentucky

  4. hello, ty this is madison hawkins micheal hawkins sister. me and my sisters and brother have been though alot in in are lives.my dad about died when i was alonely 2 years old he was in a very bad car anicneted and lost his frineds and everything, are little sister hannah has had a heart problem, since she was born. she cant do any thing that has to do with runnin to hard. my dad is a very great guy he has been though alot with us. my grandmother is who me and my family have to use money and help us with sutff. my dad has no good job and he has 4 kids and my grandmother helps us with the bills and other sutff, and for christmas she has to help my dad out alot.. but she is geting very sick and if she dies we wont have anything letf we might even lose are house. my dad always tells us every things goiung to be ok he nevere wants to be help because he knows that we know that he cant do it, we wanted this to be a surpise for him.. and show thats ok to have help.. and i know he needs it, so please abc help us calls us or email us at 8270342 m.hawkins74@yahoo.com

  5. to ty my name is gerri bertram and i have an emergency.we are going to loose our home we have been here over 20years my husband is disabled at 45,and i lost my job we live in a small town in minnesota not much here. i have major health problems makes it difficult to get a job. our house is going into forcloser with no ware to go.we dont want to loose it please could u find a way to help us pay it off. its under 70thousand dollers we need a mirecle from u can u find someone who would be willing to help us we only get a little over 700 dollers a month much more to tell please contact me no matter what u are my only hope.if this is not the right place to be please forword to him. not much time left thank u bertram@arvig.net 2187436553 home phonepobox78 bigfork mn 56628

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