North Carolina-based Tom Johnson Camping Center (TJCC) announced yesterday that they provided 12 RVs to ABC’s Emmy-winning Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EM: HE) TV show – produced by Endemol USA and executive produced by Brady Connell and George Verschoor. A selection of TJCC travel trailers, fivers – and a Class A moho – were used by the show’s designers and the Bellamy Homes builders during this week’s build at the home of Devonda and James Friday on Moore Street in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Although the weekly EM: HE show – which has run for nine seasons – was recently cancelled by ABC the Friday family episode is currently scheduled to air as a Christmas Special in December, 2012.
The Friday family was singled out for a makeover because of their work in the fostering of over 30 children – as well as raising their two biological children – which culminated recently in the reunion of five siblings who had been separated by the foster care system. After a long struggle the Friday family finally adopted all five children in April, 2011. The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew decided to provide the Friday family’s modest ranch home with a much needed facelift so the extended family could celebrate their first official Christmas together! Whilst the Friday family were sent on a dream vacation to Jamaica the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team – headed by the charismatic Ty Pennington – remodeled the building to include additional bedrooms for the extended family!
“Tom Johnson Camping Center has continuously worked to better the community and the help Extreme Makeover: Home Edition provides aligns with that goal,” said Gary Stroud, Vice President, Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Whether it’s large efforts like Extreme Makeover, the partnership recently announced with Shriners, or local sponsorships and volunteering, we want to help as much as we are able.”
This is the third Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that Tom Johnson Camping Center has participated in during 2011. Previous builds this year included a project outside of Atlanta, GA and the Fayetteville, NC build that featured First Lady Michelle Obama utilizing a Tom Johnson Camping Center motorhome as an office. In this episode Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designers worked with Blue Ridge Log Cabins and thousands of volunteers to rebuild the Jubilee House. The latter provides shelter, support, and services such as mentoring and life coaching for America’s homeless women veterans.
ABC plans to run four EM: HE specials in 2012 so you’ll still get to see the team’s familiar red and yellow wrapped Prevost motorhome travelling across America a few more times in the upcoming year.
Source: ABC/Tom Johnson Camping Center
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