Local family to get new home from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

January 7, 2010 5:37:59 PM PST
Ty Pennington and the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television crew paid an unexpected visit to Larry and Melissa Beach and their 13 children this morning as they pulled into their driveway on Delesandri Lane in Kemah. The crew had exciting news to deliver and the Beach family was ecstatic to learn that they were the recipients of a brand new home to be completed and move?in ready in seven days. The show will air in March.

The home will be completed in 106 hours by a team of vendors and volunteers lead by Blu Shields Construction, and will be designed to fit the needs of the Beach family. In 23 years of marriage, Larry, 40 and Melissa, 40; have fostered more than 85 children who other adoption agencies were not able to place. They have four biological children and nine adopted children. They include Chris (23), Michael (21), Jose (20), Mikala (18), Paul (14), Faith (13), Hope (9), Justin (8), Jacob (4), Grace (4), Jeremiah (23 months), Mercy (22 months) and Cody (19) currently serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan. During the last 12 years, the family has fostered approximately 85 children, but decided to start adopting after seeing that so many were not being placed in homes.

Due to water damage from Hurricane Ike, the Beach family home is unlivable and they are residing in a travel trailer on their property. Therefore, they have been unable to adopt additional children. But all that is about to change!

Spokesperson Chiquita Taylor says that an amazing number of people have registered as volunteers and donations are still coming in as the community pulls together. Please visit www.blushieldsextreme.com for more information. For a complete list of construction materials and supplies still needed go to www.blushieldsextreme.com and select the Construction Needs page. If you can help with these specific needs please contact the Construction Team at Construction@wiredin.cc.

To Make a Monetary Donation:
Please visit http://www.blushieldsextreme.com/donations. An account has been set up with PayPal to ensure safe, direct donations.

Extreme Blood Drive
On January 14th the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be in the parking lot of the Kemah Visitor's Center at 603 Bradford in Kemah. The Houston Bay Area is up to the challenge of beating any previous blood donation records associated with EM:HE and encourages everyone to come out and give the gift of life. Additional blood drives will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday, January 11th City of Dickinson at 4403 Hwy 3 from 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 13th Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership University of Houston - Clear Lake Delta Building 2700 Bay Area Blvd. from 8:00am-6:00pm.
For further information, please call 281-534-8836.

Extreme Food Drive
Also, Interfaith Caring Ministries will be on hand at the Kemah Visitor's Center at 603 Bradford in Kemah collecting non?perishable items for a food drive Jan. 9 ? 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Items needed: Canned meat, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, cookies, juices, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, toothpaste, size 5 diapers, and baby wipes.

About Blu Shields Construction and Energy Solution Homes:
Blu Shields Construction (Blu Shields, President) is a division of Energy Solution Homes (Patrick Henderson, CEO) of Texas City, TX. It is their vision to change the philosophy of custom homebuilding. They are the only builders in this part of the country building high energy efficient homes (without solar or wind generated power) that produce very low electric bills. Their homes are built within 30 to 45 days, below the average construction cost. Their real challenge is to unite all builders as one, while bringing together all county and city emergency management teams so that communities can be rebuilt, not only in coastal regions but throughout the entire United States.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition:
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now in its 7th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., CT on ABC13. Media