Extreme home makeover for CT family

Extreme home makeover for CT family

There are 20 comments on the WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut story from Dec 6, 2008, titled Extreme home makeover for CT family. In it, WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut reports that:

In Voluntown, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crews are beginning to build a brand new home for the Girard Family, who were struck by multiple tragedies this year.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WTNH Hartford, New Haven and Connecticut.

mama

Melrose, MA

#1 Dec 6, 2008
This article is so poorly written. It does not mention how many children there are or when the episode will air. It is awkward and unclear. For example, "when a son tried to save his father." Csn you mention the father and son by name? How old was the poor boy? A little more detail would really be helpful.
Kunte Kinte Jefferson

New Haven, CT

#2 Dec 6, 2008
I wonder if the new house will have a swimming pool.
Just in time

Rutland, VT

#3 Dec 6, 2008
So nice to read something positive. I can't even imagine what this family has been through, but holiday miracles do happen. If only we had more positive things to talk about these days. Happy Holidays.
june

West Haven, CT

#4 Dec 6, 2008
Tim McGraw stopped by last night at the home to pass out tickets for his concert at Mohegan to all the volunteers working on the house. It's nice to see the community coming together on such a large scale for a family that needs it. Thank you to everyone contributing their time and money to others this holiday!
JEH aka JJ

United States

#5 Dec 6, 2008
This is definately a deserving family who really needed a Christmas miracle.

Thank you Extreme Makeover. May everyone involved with helping this family have a GREAT Christmas, and a wonderful New Year!!! This is truely what CHRISTMAS is all about..Giving and Helping!!!
Tiffany Desrosiers

Atlanta, GA

#7 Dec 6, 2008
It is great to see my home town in the spotlight for such a wonderful thing this holiday season. It makes me proud to know that I grew up in such a caring community and I wish I could be there to help if I wasn't so far from home. Way to go Voluntown! And congratulations to the Girard Family you all are so blessed to have such amazing people in your lives!
Beans

United States

#8 Dec 6, 2008
mama wrote:
This article is so poorly written. It does not mention how many children there are or when the episode will air. It is awkward and unclear. For example, "when a son tried to save his father." Csn you mention the father and son by name? How old was the poor boy? A little more detail would really be helpful.
To Mama in Hamden: If you go to www.theday.com (the local newspaper) you will find loads of articles and photos about this amazing story. The Day has really done an amazing job with keeping up with this story from beginning til now and I am positive they will continue to keep us all updated. You will also find links on the site to all of the Girard family stories and the tragedies this family has been thru. They have conquered so much.
Kevin Fletcher

United States

#9 Dec 6, 2008
WOW is all i can say to such a community outpouring of volunteerism. Hope to see them in the new haven area soon.....
KEVIN
Kevin Fletcher

United States

#10 Dec 6, 2008
Beans is absolutely 100% correct with that link, the day has been doing an awesome job on this story and will continue to as it warrants
Kevin Fletcher

United States

#11 Dec 6, 2008
http://www.theday.com/re.aspx... some nice articles (detailed)
Kevin Fletcher

United States

#12 Dec 6, 2008
Just in time wrote:
So nice to read something positive. I can't even imagine what this family has been through, but holiday miracles do happen. If only we had more positive things to talk about these days. Happy Holidays.
correct, but i think it's new havens turn to show off for this popular show
snitches get stitches

United States

#13 Dec 6, 2008
Kevin Fletcher wrote:
WOW is all i can say to such a community outpouring of volunteerism. Hope to see them in the new haven area soon.....
KEVIN
loser
Dave

United States

#14 Dec 7, 2008
what "family" destroyed their home. Doesn't WTNH proof-read their articles?!?!
little d

Mechanicsville, VA

#15 Dec 7, 2008
Dave, I read that too...

I think it's supposed to say "'fire' destroyed their home"...but I'm not positive on that one. Good eye.
Joy

Litchfield, CT

#16 Dec 7, 2008
Kunte Kinte Jefferson wrote:
I wonder if the new house will have a swimming pool.
In light of the circumstances of the family's most horrible tragedy your comment was in very poor taste.
Skye

Storrs Mansfield, CT

#17 Dec 8, 2008
There was 5 children. The oldest boy, Mark( I have no idea how old) tried to save his father, Tom swimming in Green Falls in Voluntown. Aparently Tom was out in the middle of the pond, which is very large and started to struggle. Mark jumped in, after securing 2 of his younger siblings, and tried to save him but ended up drowning. It is a terribly sad story and has left the mom and 4 children left to fend for themselves in a burnt down house. I am actually a volunteer and have been on the site Saturday the 6th and Sunday. The house is gone and they have started rebuilding it. They are revealing the brand new house on February 8th on whatever channel the show is normally on. Hope this answers some of your questions
mama wrote:
This article is so poorly written. It does not mention how many children there are or when the episode will air. It is awkward and unclear. For example, "when a son tried to save his father." Csn you mention the father and son by name? How old was the poor boy? A little more detail would really be helpful.
butterfly

United States

#18 Dec 8, 2008
Ty and crew thanks for caring! This family is very deserving of this wonderful gift. What happened to this family is so sad. I wish them all the best .
jess ct

Canterbury, CT

#19 Dec 8, 2008
They should show some pictures of the house before and after the article is poorly written and they need more pictures:(!!
LAD

United States

#20 Dec 9, 2008
I am amazed at all the people pulling together on this project. It couldn't be happening to a more deserving family and I don't even know them. They have been through more in a year than most of us go through in a lifetime. I wish them the best of luck in their new home
LAD

United States

#21 Dec 9, 2008
This family has been through more in one year than most of us go through in a lifetime. I'm so glad they were picked and I don't even know them. I'm amazed to see everyone pulling together to make their dream come true. Best wishes to the family.

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