MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - The excitement began long before the big bus pulled away. Hours before the Extreme Makeover reveal, East Texans started to arrive showing their support for the deserving Carr family.
One by one the seconds ticked away.
"Excited my heart's beatin' 100 mph," said Mary Wilson.
East Texans arrived by the thousands, watching the final minutes disappear.
"I got up at 3am and was at WalMart parking lot at 5:05am," said Shawn Horn.
"Left at 5am and I got up at 4am," said Dana Hooper.
By mid-morning, it was an Extreme Makeover block party.
"It's a lot of people," said Kassi Freeman.
There were East Texas decorations, some serious dancing and, for Kilgore high schooler Cullen Brewster, a sickness.
"I got a sickness and the only cure is move that bus," Brewster joked.
"It puts us on the map big time and it makes them know the loving and the caring of the people in East Texas," said Rosie Baldwin.
"I think it's awesome!" said Wilson. "I think it's totally awesome. I think it's so neat to see so many people come out and give their time to all these people."
More than 3,000 built the dream home in a week, leaving an indelible mark in Mineola.
"I think it's just as important as anything in my 75 years," said Bob Few.
And, in around 75 seconds, the moment had arrived. But, no one was at a loss for words.
"Move that bus! Move that bus! Move that bus!"
And then, time was up. As soon as the Carrs arrived, the building site went wild.
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