Camp Barnabas segment will air on Sunday

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" episode videotaped at Camp Barnabas, a local non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp for disabled individuals, will air on Sunday, Oct. 16 on ABC.

The camp, which is located between Purdy and Fairview, will be featured on a special two-hour episode of Extreme Home Makeover.

"The producers said this is the best show they'd ever done," said Myra Miller, spokesperson for project builder PB2, during August construction. "This is unheard of to build a home and two additional buildings in just seven days."

Over a month ago, the Extreme Home Makeover design team, PB2 contractors and thousands of local volunteers joined together to build a new home, a state-of-the-art media center and a new counselor bunk house for camp founders Paul and Cyndy Teas.

Volunteers worked around the clock for seven days to complete all three projects only moments before the Teas family returned to camp after a much deserved vacation on Aug. 24.

The Teas were surprised to find a large two-story home, with a two-car garage, where their outdated A-frame-style house once stood.

The new residential building will provide a more energy efficient home for the family, who has lived on site at Camp Barnabas for the last 10 years.

Camp Barnabas serves over 1,000 children with different types of disabilities each year. While at Camp Barnabas, the campers spend seven days enjoying outdoor activities like rock climbing, swimming, canoeing, hiking and horseback riding.

According to "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" officials, the camp can expect over 200,000 inquiries after the episode airs.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is doing in one week what we were planning to do over a five-year period," said Dr. Terry Winkler, camp board president. "Accelerating that plan will give our campers an even greater experience, allowing them to realize their dreams that much sooner."

All resources, materials and labor used in the Extreme Home Makeover Camp Barnabas project were donated.

"While searching for the labor and materials for the build, I found an unbelievable community spirit," said Steve Butcher, president of PB2 Companies. "Even in this hurry-up world of ours, hundreds of volunteers unselfishly stepped forward to help out and everyone was excited and happy to participate.

"Many people worked long hours and contributed vast resources without complaint to see that the project was perfect and complete," said Butcher.

The "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Camp Barnabas episode will air on ABC at 6 p.m. on Oct. 16.

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