Local Companies Pitch In For 'Extreme' Experience
Staggering Amount Of Behind-The-Scenes Work Necessary
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A staggering amount of behind-the-scenes work is being conducted so the Indianapolis recipient of a new home from "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" can see it in a week, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported.Saturday evening's activity didn't have the excitement of demolition day or the drama of the big reveal, but the work done on Oxford Street on the night before the tear-down was quiet and efficient.Wheaton World Wide Moving, headquartered in Castleton, has moved furniture out of at least 10 "Extreme Makeover" homes all over the country. They found out about a week ago that this project was in their hometown."The emotional response is just huge, and you really feel good that you're helping folks out," said A.J. Schneider, of Wheaton World Wide Moving. "Doing it in our back yard, there's really something special about that, and that makes it even more exciting for us."All the belongings of recipient Bernard McFarland and his family were boxed up and moved out in just a few hours."We're going to move all the family's belongings into storage at our Castleton facility, and we'll hold it for about 60 days, or as long as they need," Schneider said. "The family will have the opportunity to come and look through things later on and see what they're going to keep and what's going to be donated."Employees of Deering Cleaners in downtown Indianapolis were also hustling on Saturday. They hauled out about 25 bags of things that will be cleaned for free."All of their clothes, their shoes, their purses, their stuffed animals, their suitcases, all of their items that are soft goods -- we're taking them back to our plant," said Mary Stewart, of Deering. "We're dry cleaning them for them and we're going to hold onto them until the house is ready. Then, we will bring everything back to them all nice and clean."Mount Comfort TV is also donating several RVs for crews to use on site.
Sunday is demolition day. Monday through Friday, crews and volunteers will build the home, leading up to "move that bus" day on April 4.Several streets near the Oxford Street home will be closed until April 5 as crews work their magic, including Oxford, North Parker Avenue and North Rural Street between 23rd and 25th streets.The public can view progress on the home starting Monday. There will be parking at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 38th Street and free shuttles will be provided to Oxford Street from there. The shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday."I'm sure there's going to be thousands of people. It's just a real neat event, a great story," said Ron Diehm, volunteer coordinator for Estridge, the Indianapolis homebuilder constructing the home. "I'm sure people are going to come out ... to watch it happen."