Very late on Monday night John and I got to go volunteer at the EMHE build site.
The build site
The Harris Family in Floresville, TX are the recipients. Shilo Harris was in Irag and suffered injuries from an IED. His face was melted away and he had burns on over 40% of his body. The couple now works with the Wounded Warrior Project and Shilo is a motivational speaker. (source)
Since it was very early on in the process, they announced to the family on Saturday and on Sunday night at 1 am poured the foundation, there wasn't a lot for us to do.
We went in and swept the garage and kitchen area half a dozen times.
The guys would jump at the opportunity to carry ANYTHING into the home.
Mainly we tried to clean and stay out of the way of people that were holding very heavy nail guns and saws above your head.
We also picked up loads of trash, scrap wood and helped serve the 10pm meal.
During the time we were there, we saw an entire roof go on the house and saw all the windows and doors installed.
Since volunteering I've been staying up to date via Morgan's Wonderland, another great non-profit and the first non-profit to partner with EMHE. You can also follow their Facebook page where they've been documenting the process.
It's amazing to see how much has changed since we were there on Monday
(picture from the Mongan's Wonderland Facebook)
The big reveal is on Saturday evening and the show will air sometime in December (thus the red and green hard hats and many behind the scenes facts like relighting the Riverwalk and a trailer full of Christmas decorations).
It was so great to be apart of this and to contribute in some little way. It was announced on Thursday night that the show received money to do 10 additional houses for Wounded Warriors. I'm not sure if they will all be in the San Antonio area or not, but if so we'll make the effort to be a part of it again.