Today (Sept. 13, 2010) the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will be having their “move that bus” event for their Halloween show. To commemorate Halloween, it is most fitting that the event will be taking place in Salem, but not Salem, Mass., but the other Salem, the capital city of Oregon.
The “Extreme Makeover” team worked on the dormitory for the Oregon School for the Deaf, which is a marked difference from their projects in the past, where a private home was chosen as the recipient for the makeover. This is a welcome departure from their prior projects, where a single family would benefit from the makeover.
As we have seen in the past, many of those recipients either end up losing those brand new homes or cannot afford to keep them. The latter was the case when “Extreme Makeover” was in Oregon the last time. It was Jenessa Byers’ family who could no longer afford their new home. Janessa, as you might recall, was the young girl who was dying of cancer. She saw her new home only a handful of times before passing away less than six months later in December 2007.
Her family had huge energy bills for the extra-large home, and then was slapped with a jumbo property tax bill. Top those bills off with Jenessa’s medical bills, and the fact that the show did not pay off their mortgage as they have done with other families, and you have a family under tremendous financial pressure. Maybe the producers of the show saw what was happening to those familes and decided to change the way that the TV show was done. One can only hope.
Along with the dormitory, a “haunted house” was transformed for the annual fundraising drive for the Oregon School for the Deaf. Horror director of such greats as “Halloween” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie, has been working on a special project for the “haunted house,” and it will be reveled during the “move that bus” event today.
The producers of the show let the local media know about the event so that local residents could come and participate in the “move that bus” segment of the show. People are encouraged to come dressed up in Halloween costumes.
The “move that bus” event will take place at the Oregon School of the Deaf in Salem, between noon and 2 p.m.. The unveiling of the “haunted house” will be between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight (Sept. 13, 2010).
source: Albany Democrat Herald