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Voluntown Family Chosen For "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

There are 55 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 4, 2008, titled Voluntown Family Chosen For "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Voluntown 's Carol Girard and her four children were selected this morning as only the second Connecticut family to appear in the popular ABC TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- which over the course of ...

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The Coe Family

Jewett City, CT

#47 Dec 4, 2008
Nothing will ever compensate for the unfathomable loss that this family endured, but at the very least my hope is that your family will find some time to heal, wrapped in the arms of the Lord, and a very large extended family that has felt your pain.
Thom was obviously a devoted man, both to the Lord and to his family...and his gift to the world was his children, encluding his son Marc, who though he never became a priest, died a saint.
God bless the Girard family, and may He wrap you in His arms and lift you up in your darkest hour.
The Coe Family

Jewett City, CT

#48 Dec 4, 2008
To add...

I posted before I read some of the hateful comments in this forum...

Can't anything just be about doing something good? Who cares if it is sponsored by ABC? Who cares how many people pay for commercials during this particular episode?

Can't it just be good enough that something wonderful is about to happen to a family that has faced horrors beyond what anybody here can fathom?

How awful would it be for any of us to step down from judgement just one time and to recognize that some children lost a father and a brother, and a wife lost a husband and a child? Why is it not okay for us to be happy that there is one small scrap of happiness for the Girard family?

I am absolutey sure that the Girard's would trade this minute of happiness for a lifetime of average with Thom and Marc alive again. This is a good and decent family that was dealt a hand that most of us will never know.

For those of you that had to post something cynical and hateful here, put yourselves in their shoes? How glamourous does it feel now?

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#49 Dec 4, 2008
The Coe Family wrote:
For those of you that had to post something cynical and hateful here, put yourselves in their shoes? How glamourous does it feel now?
How do you know some of us haven't already been in their shoes? Let's use our head for a moment here first shall we.
finally some good

Danielson, CT

#50 Dec 4, 2008
How can you people watch that little boy cry as he talks about watching his brother and father drown and still talk so much crap. These people being kicked when at their lowest. If anything we all should be thankful for what we have and be thankful that t here is still some good in this world. I am very happy for this family and I hope that this will be a new start. Nothing can take away what has happened but life will be a little easier.
MsRotten

AOL

#51 Dec 5, 2008
Be Carefull wrote:
Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha
There have been many, many times on the show that the bank or "someone" has paid a mortgae off in full for a family. And that takes a huge load off. I'm going to guess that it will happen in this case also.

But this is AWESOME for this family! They deserve it. I'm happy for them.
MsRotten

AOL

#52 Dec 5, 2008
DONT TRED ON ME wrote:
<quoted text>NOT TO SOUND LIKE A RELIGIOUS FREAK, BUT ALITTLE KNOWLDGE IS IN ORDER, MAN DID NOT CREATE THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE, IT IS A COVENANT INSTITUTED BY G-D. SO TO ALTER IT BY "MAN" IS FALSE. I DON'T HATE GAY PEOPLE BUT I LOVE MY GOD MORE AND I WILL DEFEND HIM LIKE HE DID FOR US.
You ARE a religious freak! The institution of marriage is, INDEED, MAN MADE!! I suppose their were priests marrying cavemen and women? LMFAO!

There is no such thing as god, alah, or whatever.
Adam and eve never existed.
jesus never existed!
There is no heaven or hell.

All we have is our OWN inner strength and the karma of the universe.
Withya MsRotten

AOL

#53 Dec 5, 2008
I share your analysis. Thanks.
Morons

Vernon Rockville, CT

#54 Dec 5, 2008
DONT TRED ON ME wrote:
<quoted text>NOT TO SOUND LIKE A RELIGIOUS FREAK, BUT ALITTLE KNOWLDGE IS IN ORDER, MAN DID NOT CREATE THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE, IT IS A COVENANT INSTITUTED BY G-D. SO TO ALTER IT BY "MAN" IS FALSE. I DON'T HATE GAY PEOPLE BUT I LOVE MY GOD MORE AND I WILL DEFEND HIM LIKE HE DID FOR US.
OK- you hit the nail right on the head. The concept of marriage is an institution of religion (not just the Catholic religion, either). The Constitution of the United States SPECIFICALLY separates Church and State so that neither has soveriegnity over the other. THEREFORE, on what grounds does the government have the power to tell two people they can or cannot marry? Answer: Marriage is just as much an instrument of the government as it is of the Church. A marriage license is required for legal unity of a couple, which is obtained at City Hall, not the Church Rectory. Think about this: 1. Find me a sentence in the Bible that clearly states that homosexuality is wrong.(no parables or interpreted meanings). I'll save you the trouble- it doesnt say it anywhere.
2. You will never convince me that God hates homosexuals. It DOES clearly state in several places in the Bible that God loves ALL his children, and wants them to be happy and live in his image.(which doesnt include descriminating against people for their lifestyle choices, Bible-thumpers).
3. Islam, which happens to be the most restrictive, bass-ackwards religion on the face of the earth, strictly forbids homosexuality on punishment of death. Yet, Haji's in Iraq and Afghanistan have a weekly ritual called "Man-Love Thursday" in which they take turns f***ing teenage boys in the you-know-what. No joke. Saw it myself. Cant make this stuff up.

I could go on. And yes, I am Catholic. And no, I dont go to church anymore. Cant deal with the priest telling me that a member of my own family is mentally ill and needs to be cured. Simply isnt true.
whats the topic here

Danielson, CT

#55 Dec 5, 2008
You are all totally off topic here. I thought that we were commenting on how this family lost everything and you all are bitching about your beliefs. Everyone has an opinion and that is your right... cant we just leave it at that! No one here is going to change anyones mind about how they feel. I think abortion is murder are we going to discuss that now....
No matter what church these people go to they deserve everything that is coming to them... they have been threw so much! I could never imaging how hard it has been.
rob

Mystic, CT

#56 Dec 5, 2008
this is good for them . they needed it but when stupid people make comments about the gay people who cares what their sexual preferance is .religon needs to deal with it
suzie

Klingerstown, PA

#57 Dec 7, 2008
the public is still conducting fundraisers so they will essentially be taken care of for life. I lost my father when I was 11. My mother kept our house and family of 5 children together by.....getting a JOB! It is time for the family to face reality and live within their means, AND support themselves.
loobi

Pawcatuck, CT

#58 Dec 8, 2008
Be Carefull wrote:
Now let's hope they don't lose the place to the bank in a few years like the others did.
Increased utility bills, increased maintenance bills and last but not least Increased Taxes have caused several past "winners" to go belly up. Try not to re-finance the place and "pull" equity out to support your snazzy new lifestyle or you will end up back on the skids....ha ha ha
Ha Ha Ha? If you aren't one of those people who is happy, only when others are unfortunate, you are certainly doing a perfect imitation!! These are the most humble and grounded people that I've ever met, and you are a very sad little person to revel in their possible failure. It is said that a person tends to judge others by his own standards....guess what this says about you.
loobi

Pawcatuck, CT

#59 Dec 8, 2008
suzie wrote:
the public is still conducting fundraisers so they will essentially be taken care of for life. I lost my father when I was 11. My mother kept our house and family of 5 children together by.....getting a JOB! It is time for the family to face reality and live within their means, AND support themselves.
I greatly admire and applaud your mother and all of her children for getting through life after the hardship of losing your father. I know the Girards personally, and I have to say that they are a very close-knit and hard working family. Thom was laid off from Phizer, and was forced to get a job that paid about half as much as his old job. One of their 5 children is a special-needs child, who needs expensive and comprehensive care. Carol worked at different jobs....anything to bring in extra money, and still be there for her children. These people lived a very simple life, and the little that is left of their belongings reflect that. After they fought the insurance company for a fair settlement, their mortgage company (who had claimed bankruptcy) pocketed their insurance settlement, leaving them with nothing. They spent last Christmas in the basement of their burnt-out house, in sleeping bags huddled around the wood stove for warmth. Despite all of their efforts, they still lost everything. The day before they were to go and officially claim bankruptcy, Thom said to me; "Well, we took a vow of poverty....and HERE WE ARE!!" He was smiling about it. Why? Because never, EVER, did any member of this family exhibit even a hint of self pity or negativity....EVER!! They were ALWAYS POSITIVE!! I'm certain that you may have been judged or made fun of, due to your situation growing up. I'm very surprised that you would turn around and spread that kind of hurtful judgement upon a family that you don't even know.
MsRotten

AOL

#60 Dec 9, 2008
suzie wrote:
the public is still conducting fundraisers so they will essentially be taken care of for life. I lost my father when I was 11. My mother kept our house and family of 5 children together by.....getting a JOB! It is time for the family to face reality and live within their means, AND support themselves.
And how many years ago was that???

Life (the cost of living) doesn't even resemble what it did just 10, 20, 30 years ago. If you think you can pay bills and raise a family on the WAY BELOW pay standards of the 21st century then you're smokin something! People are NOT making it on TWO incomes nowadays.
Think before you speak

Slatington, PA

#62 Jan 8, 2009
While I love the giving and helping out spirit of this show, a person has to also remember the old saying: Give a man a fish he has one meal, teach a man to fish and he no longer goes hungry...so something like that..they really should educate the families on how to keep up with the costs and maintenance\, after they are gone from the location.

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