On Aug. 8, I put up a post about Kellie Pickler filming an episode of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, where she helped build a house for the Terpenning family. All I knew at the time I wrote it was that the show would air this fall … and tomorrow night is the night. Sunday night, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC, you will be able to see Kellie hop on the bus with Ty Pennington and the crew, and demonstrate her construction skills.
Kellie is one of this season’s Celebrity Volunteers, and she went to Beavercreek, Ohio, to tell James Terpenning, a wheelchair sports champion, that he had his family would be getting a new home in just a week. James, who is a mentor to disabled Iraqi War veterans, works as a computer specialist at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and is known at work and throughout his community as an inspirational role model, who always helps others but never asks for help for himself.
I love this show. They find the most fantastic people to help. In the case of James, a press releases tell us he was rippled by polio during infancy and abandoned by his American G.I. father in Vietnam. James nevertheless considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world. He was supposed to be airlifted out of Vietnam on a military plane that crashed, killing all the children and aid workers aboard. Instead, he had safe passage, leading to a new life in America as an adopted son in an Ohio family.
While growing up, James competed in wheelchair sports and later represented the U.S. at the Paralympics, where he earned both gold and silver medals. He continues to serve his country in civilian technical support for the Air Force and by helping disabled veterans. James also is a frequent speaker at schools, educating children and teens about living with special
For this episode, Kellie will be working with the design team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Didiayer Snyder.
Of course, Kellie will sing for the family – and for all of us, when the family gets to see their new house at the end of the show.
Kellie took her 9 year old brother, Eric, along to help work on the house. Here’s a promo, from TV Grapevine, that tells you more about the family, and about tomorrow night’s show that I can.
Hope you enjoy the show! This pretty much tells the world where I’ll be sitting tomorrow night at 8 p.m., with bowl of popcorn in hand and a dozen ice cubes floating around in a huge glass of Diet Pepsi. I’ll talk to you all later! Write when have time!