Voluntown Family Honored By State

Voluntown Family Honored By State

There are 4 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Dec 9, 2008, titled Voluntown Family Honored By State. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Seems everyone is jumping on the ABC "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bandwagon, as the television show starring Ty Pennington prepares to present the Carol Girard family of Voluntown with its new ...

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Santa Claus

Hartford, CT

#1 Dec 10, 2008
Kudos to Bobs and Gary Craig for making this Christmas a bit brighter for all of us. There will be something extra under your trees this year!!!

West Hartford, CT

#2 Dec 17, 2008
I'm very happy for the Girard family. Thank you to all the individuals who donated their time, money, etc. and to the companies who donated to make this happen. But, why did it take "Extreme Makeover" to make this happen? Why couldn't we have made this happen a year ago on our own as a community? Oh, and thank you Gov. Rell for declaring another special day. Where were you and the state when this story was in the news a year ago? The hero here is the neighbor who filled out the application.

Hopefully we can learn from this and start helping more of our neighbors. It doesn't take much. Grab a rake and cleanup your elderly neighbors yard or shovel the snow from their driveway. Put out their trash and take in their trash barrel. Help the single mother or someone who is challenged. Times are getting tougher, lend a hand.
Paul Beck

Laconia, NH

#3 Dec 29, 2008
I agree with Bob of West Hartford, CT. I'm approaching 60 and in good health. I have REALLY OLD neighbors whose driveways I clear with my snowblower, just because it's the right thing to do, and it makes me feel like a million bucks to do it without any compensation whatsoever.(The occasional fresh-baked cookies that magically appear are always a welcome blessing of course!) Even though my own means are modest, I still consider myself lucky to be able to contribute to others with what meager resources I have. I've even been late for work a few times and don't mind telling the managers the reason why. They need to get used to the fact I'll likely be late again.
Now that my snowblower is 11 years old it will certainly be a top priority for me to put aside the money I need for a replacement. My lovely old neighbors aren't getting any younger it seems.
Come on folks. If you don't know how good it feels TO GIVE, try it. There is nothing in the world that compares, and it's a great way to start the day. We all need to treat each other a whole lot better. And don't forget to write to your 'leaders' in Congress. Ask them to DONATE the raise they just voted themselves. They don't deserve that, or any of the previous 'Cost of Pilfering' raises either.
Steven Melo

Fall River, MA

#4 Feb 8, 2009
I just watched the episode of the Girard family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and it was incredible. We as people take many things for granted so the next time I think I'm having a bad day and think life just isn't fair I'm going to think of the Girard family. This episode really touched me not only did a family lose a husband or a father they also lost a son or a brother on the same day. I am married with two children so when I saw this show I thought to myself " how did this incredibly courageous woman find the strength to stay strong for her family". I don't know what I would to in her situation. I guess I just want to say God bless her and her family.

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