TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Excitement is "building" over an Extreme Makeover planned for an East Texas family, and one East Texan has helped in more than 100 Extreme builds. Tyler native, Kim Lewis, lives in Hollywood now but calls the piney woods home.
"I was ecstatic...I mean, you know us Texans...we're proud of where we're from," said Lewis, whose East Texas roots run deep. "I was born and raised in Tyler, went to Andy Woods and Hubbard."
She was Captain Kim Bandy at Robert E. Lee High School, leading the Southern Belles onto the field every Friday night.
These days, she showcases her talents every Sunday night. As Art Director for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Lewis works behind the scenes, overseeing the entire design team.
"My job has purpose...and I get to help people, and I get to use my skills and talents…to do something good with this life," she said.
Lewis says she used to be in marketing. She met one of the show's producers working a furniture trade show.
"We ended up donating furniture to the show four years ago," said Lewis.
A few months later, she got some exciting news…on her wedding day.
"I was sitting in my wedding dress when they text messaged me and said, ‘We want you for this job, but you need to tell us now if you want it,'" she said. "So I wrote back, ‘I'm walking down the aisle in five minutes, I'm interested in the job, and I'll call you tomorrow!'"
Soon, she was off on her first build in Alaska.
"One of the contractors asked me one time, did you teach her how to do all this?'" said Lewis' proud papa, Bob Bandy. "I said, ‘Goodness, no! I don't have any idea how to do all this.'"
Bandy has already helped Lewis with two projects near Austin and Dallas. He is just as eager to help her out a third time here at home.
"I think it's good for East Texas," he said.
"It's more than a television show, it's a project that brings people together like you've never seen before," said Lewis. "I look forward to coming home."
Lewis says she will be at the pep rally Thursday that kicks off at 8am at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler.
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