Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
It all began with a television producer’s phone call asking KraftMaid to help a deserving family in need of a fresh start. Seasons later, we are proud to remain the exclusive cabinetry provider of ABC’s award-winning program, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Episode 5The Teas Family
In 1995 the Teas turned their dream into a reality when they purchased a sixty-year-old rundown camp. Piece by piece they updated it, making it accessible to children with all kinds of disabilities. The Teas left their jobs, emptied their savings and retirement accounts and went three years without a paycheck, all to start Camp Barnabas in Purdy, MO. Their camp is now thriving, but Paul and Cyndy’s house is not.
With all the new facilities that have been added to maximize the campers’ experience, there is only one building left needing repairs: the A-frame house that founders Paul and Cyndy Teas live in. They cannot justify spending money on their own home or themselves because that would mean not being able to help another child go to camp. Their own children, who are putting themselves through college, don’t even have a place to sleep while they’re home. Lack of volunteer camp counselor housing has led people to sleep in the Teas’ home as well.
Camp Barnabas is a non-profit organization that caters to the needs of critically and chronically ill children and gives them the opportunity to be ’’normal’’ for one week. Every summer 1,000 kids pass through its gates and are able to enjoy the simple things most of us take for granted, such as canoeing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery, rock climbing and more. In these special episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the design team will go back to summer camp to help out this family who have devoted their lives to helping others.
Paul and Cyndy Teas will never tire of giving to others, as long as it makes a child smile. Now, the campers, parents and volunteers of Camp Barnabas will give something back to the Teas for giving their children so much every summer.