Monday, December 1, 2008

in the CHRISTMAS spirit - EXTREME HOME MAKEOVER - Groom Edition

There is something to say about a small town....and I am going to brag about the one that I grew up in. It is filled with good people....and this is just an example. There is a lady in town that has remembers her getting bad in high school. The last time that she walked was at her high school graduation. She volunteers to help in the community where ever she can. So a group of GROOMites got together to fix up her house she was living in. They decided their time and money would be better spent if they just got her a NEW house. So everyone in town pinched in time and/or money. They ran the story last night on the local TV channels but in case you didn't get to see it...check it out....

The story goes like this....

GROOM -- Paula Brown suffers from muscular dystrophy. We were told that the last time she walked was at her high school graduation.
Friends told us that Paula is just thankful to have what the Lord has given her, even though her house was so dilapidated that wind and snow would blow into her bathroom.
Organizer Dondra Downs said, "This whole community, there's just hundreds of people here and outside of Groom that wanted to give to her because she's so giving, and she deals with muscular dystrophy so gracefully ever since she was a teenager."
"She's just touched everyone's hearts and she doesn't even try," friend Vonnie Baker told us, "she does it by just being Paula."
So the Groom community came together, in the panhandle spirit, to give Paula Brown a new home.
"I don't deserve this I'm the type of person that makes due with what I have, because I'm happy to have it." Brown said, "but I never thought God would bless me like this."
Downs said, "When they told her that the community has done something for her she said, 'Someone else needs this more than me!' that's just Paula."
"I just can't believe this I didn't realize people loved me here in Groom and I didn't realize that I'd touched so many lives because I'm just be wherever I go." Brown said.
Brown says she will continue to work hard to give back to the community that has given her so much.

My mom said she overheard Paula saying, "I don't have to be cold anymore."
If that doesn't make you sad and happy... They said that the house would let the snow and rain come in. They raised over $40,000 for the project. And the neat part to me was they got 2 big grain trucks to park in front of the house.....and they said "MOVE THOSE TRUCKS!" instead of move that bus. It was great..... Everyone in Groom should be proud of their efforts. It changed and touched so many.

Check out the story from KFDA on this link.

You can't hear TOO many GOOD HEARTED stories.


Amanda KP said...

erik & i saw this on the news last night!! SO AWESOME!!!! what a great story right here before the CHRISTmas season!!!!!

Marci said...

That is so awesome, I got chills just reading her story. I love when people are willing to give. AWESOME, AWESOME story.

Ryan Mills said...

just about the time i'm ready to give up on the human race, i hear something like this and it restores my faith in us.

a cowgirl at heart said...

Wow! That is amazing! I wonder if they had ever nominated her for the real thing? Then again, sounds like they don't need ABC's version, huh? Thanks for sharing!

Mommysmart said...

I, too, saw this on the news last night and wondered if you knew those involved. What a great thing to do.