Volunteers help with makeover, 26 December 2007, Powhatan Today, Powhatan, Virginia
The story is compelling: Spec. Michael Lucas’ dream to build a home for his wife Jean and their two sons Henry, 11 and Joseph 6 was cut short in mid-hammer stroke when Spec. Lucas’ National Guard Unit was mobilized and sent to Iraq. … Mother Jean Lucas had the added responsibility of home schooling her children, but there was a hidden blessing in this task. Her associates in the Home Schooling Association made the ABC Network television series Extreme Makeover- Home Edition aware of the difficulties the Lucas’ were facing. Miraculously, they were selected as the next family to have their dream of a custom built new home become a reality.
For the myriad number of volunteers who transported materials from the staging area 2/10th of a mile from the site; “We basically set up a lumber yard from which to stage materials,” said Broadwater, to the ones that simply followed behind the craftsmen cleaning up trash to keep the site efficient, to caterers (Powhatan’s County Seat Resturant and Perrin’s Barbecue helped feed the crews) the site never shut down for seven straight days.
Spec. Michael Lucas returned to Iraq on December 13th, just three short days after he and his family experienced the intense emotion of the reveal and moved into their wonderful new home. He and those he left behind face the stress of up to eighteen more months of him going in harm’s way every day.
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