That's an 'Extreme Makeover'

That's an 'Extreme Makeover'

There are 39 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 25, 2008, titled That's an 'Extreme Makeover'. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Crews from ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition demolish the home of Paul and Renee Giunta on Elm Court in Maynard, as camera crews and curious onlookers bear witness.

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Maynard Resident

Boston, MA

#21 Feb 28, 2008
I think that it is absolutely disgusting that anyone would take this opportunity to make negative comments when something wonderful is being done. If it wasn't Maynard it would be somewhere else and another deserving family as I am sure ABC has more to come. Just be happy (no matter what the circumstances!!!!!), that a father is coming home to be with his family. We should be honored to have them as part of our community. Obviously this family has worked together to stay afloat with the absence of their father in their home. If your not involved and not getting your "Fifteen Minutes" writing negative comments is not the way to do it. Go Donate even a dollar at the bank or become one of the wifes hair clients. Make a positive difference instead of a negative one and if your the only one that knows about it then that's way it should be!!! I wish the Guinta's the best of luck and a very happy welcoming home!
neighbor

Cranston, RI

#22 Feb 28, 2008
Grumpy wrote:
I hope these people appreciate their new home, and don't trash it like their old home.
Hi Grumpy-
I have been in Paul and Renee's home many times. It was never "trashed". The house had many issues as most homes do. In this particular situation, the house needed modifications, with or without Extreme Home Makeover. Anyone who would have to use a wheelchair or a walker would have some issues (the bathtub was sunk into the floor for one thing...) It is easy for people to make judgements and everyone has the right to their opinion, but to make the assumption that they had ever trashed their home is just wrong. They actually have always taken good care of it. And yes, "these people" will appreciate it. They are a loving and very kind family and I hope you never have to experience what they have been through over the past 2 years.
neighbor

Cranston, RI

#23 Feb 28, 2008
I am not from Derry-I don't know why that is under my posting. I live very close to Renee and Paul.
Brian

Burlington, MA

#24 Feb 28, 2008
Maynard Resident wrote:
I think that it is absolutely disgusting that anyone would take this opportunity to make negative comments when something wonderful is being done. If it wasn't Maynard it would be somewhere else and another deserving family as I am sure ABC has more to come. Just be happy (no matter what the circumstances!!!!!), that a father is coming home to be with his family. We should be honored to have them as part of our community. Obviously this family has worked together to stay afloat with the absence of their father in their home. If your not involved and not getting your "Fifteen Minutes" writing negative comments is not the way to do it. Go Donate even a dollar at the bank or become one of the wifes hair clients. Make a positive difference instead of a negative one and if your the only one that knows about it then that's way it should be!!! I wish the Guinta's the best of luck and a very happy welcoming home!
i absolutely agree. The negativity on this thread is astonishing and quite frankly disgusting. To imply that it was the fathers "ignorance" for falling asleep at the wheel is the most ignorant of all the comments. How can one even think of such a stupid comment, that a loving father who was traveling with his 2 sons in the car, would ever intentionally put their kids lives at risk, let along their own? The person making this comment clearly has ZERO compassion or sympathy for that horrible accident. The other comoments of their "house being trashed" are just some more ignorant comments...first of all, you most likely do not know the family, i seriously doubt you had a tragedy strike your young family only to have a husband and father become seperated from your family for a disability, and expect the wife and mother to nurture and care for their 3 young children on her own, and maintain the house in pristine condition, if it even was not well kept. I hope you NEVER have to carry that burden as this wonderful wife and mother has. Why don't you people who have this negative energy pent up go seek some counseling?

This is the greatest act of kindness, by not only ABC's crew, but also of the hundreds of volunteers who are donating their time for such a great cause. This family has been seperated for a few years and because of the generosity of all involved, they will once again be reunited under the same roof.

Your comments were well stated Maynard Resident.
Another Kim

Providence, RI

#25 Feb 28, 2008
I think what is being done is great. Some people are just rude - plain and simple. Best of luck to the family!!!
Emily

AOL

#26 Feb 28, 2008
Hey Hey Hey Grumpy.....Keep your eyes open & Your mouth shut!!!
7 houses away

Bedford, MA

#27 Feb 28, 2008
Last summer there were fliers in the area urging people to show up to tape the application for the show. One of the show's workers told me that one of the reasons this family was chosen was because of the large turnout of support in that taping. If you know families in need, get out there and do something about it. You can make a difference.
LLL

Medfield, MA

#28 Feb 28, 2008
Miss_Lakeey wrote:
I agree that this story is great, BUT what they neglected to say is that no one had on seat belts...Can't we promote the seat-belt issue???
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
Quincy MA

Harrisville, RI

#29 Feb 28, 2008
Not Grumpy wrote:
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Glad you have such a positive attitude. I assume your not going to volunteer.
It's really sad that you feel you needed to type that. I hope you actually look yourself in the mirror and feel PROUD OF YOUR SELF. You are not what the show is about. Jealously will get you nowhere!!!
Mary Mom

Ellwood City, PA

#30 Feb 28, 2008
I lived about 2 blocks down from these guys about 30 yrs ago and these houses were NOT built right. The houses were called the cardboard village. I remember my mom pouring hot water in the tub because they didn't have hot water tanks. We froze in the winter. They had some system of hot water running through the heating system. Hot water lasted about 2 min. I'm glad these guys are getting a new home. They deserve and need it. Good luck and God bless!(and I won't be running thru your back yard (a short cut) any more!!!

Since: Sep 07

Lowell

#31 Feb 28, 2008
LLL wrote:
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GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT
Prove me wrong. WXKS stated in on their news report.
Actonian

Abingdon, UK

#32 Feb 29, 2008
As somebody who has actually donned one of those blue shirts and hard hats to volunteer my time to help these people; whom I have never met, I can say that everyone working on that site, no matter what their job, wishes the Giunta family nothing but the best! This new home is exactly what the Giuntas need as no young family should be separated because their house can't accommodate a wheelchair.

Thank you to ABC and Extreme Makeover Home Edition for not only making it possible for Paul to live with his family again but for really bringing together our community. To see all those volunteers; in some cases more than they need, and the stores, companies and restaurants from all surrounding towns donating their goods, etc. is wonderful and has to bring a smile to your face.
jan

Marlborough, MA

#33 Feb 29, 2008
that is horrible what grumpy said they are a family with three young children and the father is in a wheel chair. You have a nerve to say I hope they do not trash their new home like they did their old one. How can you expect a mother of three to take care of everything you must know them did you offer to help them out? Shame on you for what you wrote I hope you never have to walk in their shoes! you are an idiot.
proud volunteer

Tyngsboro, MA

#34 Mar 1, 2008
I very happy to see that this house turned out as nice as i thought it would, myself and about 40 other members ofthe electricians union IBEW local 103 spent about 9 hours rough wiring this house and we did so with pride, Congrats family, Enjoy!
maynard mom

Wellesley Hills, MA

#35 Mar 1, 2008
after reading all the posts on this site I feel I have to write in..how dare people bad mouth this family...DO YOU KNOW THEM??? this was an accident...hence the word an accident somthing that is not intentional...somone said it was ignorat that the father fell asleep at the wheel...I am sure he did not mean to do that..what father would not want to be with his wife when she gave birth to his child...somepeople can not be happy for other people...I have had quite a bit of tragic things happen in the last year of my family's life..& I could sit here & say bad things because I am jelouse of the Guinta's but I dont...I am HAPPY that a deserving family finally had thier needs met..
PLEASE IF YOU CAN NOT BE HAPPY BE QUITE!!!!!!!!! Didnt your parents ever teach you if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all.
ANOYMOUS

Princeton, MA

#36 Mar 1, 2008
I have so much respect for everyone involved in this project. Its nice to see a community supporting each other. You all brought a family in need back together that has to feel so good. To all you miserable people who have nothing but negative to say about these people, you will never be happy and dont deserve to be. I dont know this family but their story shows me that they are strong loving people who never gave up and that is why such good things came to them. I wish them nothing but the best in life.
Another Kim

Marlborough, MA

#37 Mar 2, 2008
I read in the paper today that the show will air in 4-6 weeks. I can't wait to see it. Best of luck to that family - they so need to be together. I don't know them but thats what a family is - togetherness.
Brian

Dracut, MA

#38 Mar 2, 2008
Another Kim wrote:
I read in the paper today that the show will air in 4-6 weeks. I can't wait to see it. Best of luck to that family - they so need to be together. I don't know them but thats what a family is - togetherness.
I was told by some of the workers at the house, it would air May 11th.
I do

Walpole, MA

#39 Mar 3, 2008
Are you serious wrote:
Do you know the circumstances?
I do. It's a TV show. They are in business to make money buy selling commercial air time. That said, I'm pleased that they help families. Word has it that the people running the show don't treat the volunteers all that well though. It could just be a complainer or two, I wasn't there.

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