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Extreme crews set stage for East Texas volunteer pep rally

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - What's an Extreme (East Texas) Makeover without an extreme East Texas block party to kick the whole thing off? The East Texas Extreme Makeover crew is already setting the stage for this week's Volunteer Pep Rally.

The community-wide rally is scheduled to take place at Green Acres Baptist Church Thursday morning at 8.a.m. Its sanctuary can seat about 4,000 people, comfortably. The entire community is invited, and the builder is pretty confident the church will be bursting at the seams with eager volunteers.

To help boost everyone's excitement, a big East Texas star will be stepping up to the mic for the big East Texas build: Neal McCoy!

"Obviously, I'm a singer, so that's what I do best, and my wife will attest that I am not a very good home builder," said Neal McCoy. "But I do know they need people to sweep and just pick up stuff...and I can do that very well...I have a strong back."

McCoy just got back from his 15th USO tour.

"I try to impress people...and say we went to England, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and everyone's like, 'Oh my gosh! How long did that take?'" said McCoy. "And, it's really not that long because you can drive to each one."

In just a couple of days, he will head to Tyler to headline the massive community pep rally. He is even planning on singing a new song for the crowd.

"A beautiful song that I found a few years ago, called 'A New Mountain to Climb'," said McCoy. "It's real inspirational...and we hope that somewhere that it'll touch this family."

The prep work is already underway inside the sanctuary. Extreme builder, Gary Bayless says he hopes to pack the house, getting East Texas excited and educated about what is expected to happen in just a few short days.

"I think we will break a record...that's what we're shooting for...because I know what we're made of here," he said. "It'll be the first time, as a group, as a community, we'll get to say, 'Move that bus!' You definitely don't want to miss it."

"Even a year from now, I want the East Texas community to say, 'Here's what we did for this family,'" said McCoy.

Producers are still on the ground in East Texas, and are expected to be here, Thursday morning to share the experiences they have had working on the show. We will also be welcoming home one of East Texas' own: Kim Lewis, a designer who has been with the show since season 4, but more importantly, she is from Tyler.

If you want to get involved you can still register to volunteer. Click here to sign up.

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