MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - Thousands of East Texans have signed up to volunteer for the Extreme build taking place in East Texas. In true Texas style, more people offered to help than project leaders needed. For one group selected, working on the house has a truly special meaning.
Brandon Lively is among the men from the East Texas Rescue Mission. Homeless at age 22, he is giving what he has, serving meals to other volunteers who are building a home for someone else.
"I was in need once and somebody was there to help me and I would like to do that for people in the future," said Lively.
Lively says he and many of his friends at the Rescue Mission have faced hardships in the past.
"Now I'm trying to re-correct my life and get it back into order and the East Texas Rescue program has helped me to achieve that," he said.
Rand Huzenlaub is the volunteer coordinator for the Extreme Makeover. He says this experience is teaching men like Lively life lessons.
"They are turning their lives around," said Huzenlaub. "They are rebuilding their lives and they are doing it through volunteerism."
Besides the group from the Rescue Mission, other teams are showing up to lend a helping hand.
"Last night we had the TJC football team," said Huzenlaub.
Huzenlaub was in charge of gathering 1,000 volunteers. He says the response from East Texans has been overwhelming.
"Everybody wants to be part of it," said Huzenlaub. "Not just for the fact that it is Extreme Makeover but East Texas stands up and helps."
For most of the volunteers, it is the smiles at the end of the day that are worth the work.
"We will be able to come back when they say 'move that bus!'" said Lively. "So that's what I am looking forward to."
The Extreme team says there are enough "helping hands" volunteers. But, if you signed up and they find a place for you, you will get an e-mail. Even if you can't volunteer, you can still head out to the site and watch the amazing process. The spectator area opens Saturday morning at eight. And, if you do go out, you are encouraged to bring a canned good.
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