UPDATE: Bus Moved, Cooper Family Very Emotional

An estimated 1500 people gathered in Jamesville for the big Extreme Makeover reveal.

The big moment finally came about 7:16 p.m. Friday night. WITN reporters who were there say the Cooper family was very emotional when they got a glimpse of their new home.

Those who gathered to watch stood in the rain and in the mud for hours to see the big reveal.

Crews worked frantically to finish the house. A white stretch limo delivered the Cooper's to their new home.

Earlier Friday afternoon workers were seen putting a the furniture in the new home and Ty Pennnington and his crew were were doing last minute touches.

Jeff Cooper, his wife Clara, daughter Windy and son Aaron, saw their new home for the first time when the hundreds of people gathered yelled "Move That Bus."

Among those in Jamesville were the ECU cheerleaders and Pedee the Pirate. The cheerleaders kept the crowd revved up, despite the chilly weather.

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Many people have donated their time and materials for the makeover. John Norris of Edenton Builders is overseeing the construction. Local furniture and design stores, like Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Greenville and Fabric&Sofas in Greenville, have donated goods. You can check out all the donors by clicking on the related link below. Just click on "partners" when you get to the Extreme Makeover website.

Volunteers from local colleges and universities, including the College of The Albemarle, Martin Community College, Pitt Community College, Beaufort Community College, East Carolina University and UNC-Chapel Hill, have helped on the site over spring break.

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The national spotlight will shine on the Martin County town of Jamesville over the next several weeks.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is in town, building a brand new home for a Gulf war vet and his family.

Jeff Cooper and his family got a surprise today when they opened their door to find Ty Pennington. Pennington and his team will build the Cooper's a new home in Jamesville.

Cooper, who was an army medic during Desert Storm, has multiple sclerosis and is confined to a wheelchair. The couple's son was also seriously injured when he was run over by a garbage truck two years ago.

The show, which airs on ABC, says when the couple returns March 13th they will find their leaking, decaying double-wide trailer replaced with a custom-built home, buiilt by a builder from Edenton and hundreds of volunteers.

The new home will be unveiled Friday afternoon. Th public is allowed to see the construction of the home as it's happening. They can go to Cooper Lane in Jamesville between 8am and 8pm.

The show will be aired on May 3rd on ABC.

To learn more about the show, click on the related link below.

Here is part of the news release from the show:


Spectators are welcome AND ENCOURAGED at the site from Monday, March 9, through “move that bus” on Friday afternoon, March 13. Hours for spectators are 8:00am – 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00am until after “move that bus” on Friday. Spectators must check in at the DFI Building on US Highway 64.

They will be shuttled to the nearby construction site.

About ABC TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is in its sixth season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the Executive Producer, and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The show airs on Sundays (8:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC.

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  • by Neo Location: Reality on Nov 11, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Angel, the road is wide open! If you want out, get out! Tad, the dopes have all gone back to Greenville, Hollywood, Williamston and numerous other locales, but I see they are still blathering. Angel, I think lying, grifting, insurance fraud, disability fraud and generally bilking the taxpayers and good hearted giving people are things that are more likely to ruin the USA.
  • by Angel Location: ENC on Oct 8, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    All of you in NC is why I wish I could get the ---- out of NC. You are all so greedy and ignorant. So what if you think the Cooper's were not worthy of this new house. He is the one who will have to answer for all his actions when he gets to the gates of heaven. Why are all of you worried about it? Jealousy and greed is going to be the ruin of USA.
  • by erica Location: jamesville on Sep 28, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    yall r all childish get over it n im so sorry mr cooper
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 13, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    Bus moved, Ark built, animals aboard, dopes gone back to Greenville, Hollywood and numerous other locales.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on May 25, 2009 at 07:33 AM
    Congratulations to the Cooper family and to all involved to make it happen. Kudos to WITN to run a story that gives ABC publicity on a TV show. Many people say the family is not deserving of this. But I trust that the TV show and the person or people nominating this family thought he was worthy. This show is based on goodwill and volunteering. Of course that will strike some jealously. I personally never thought the show should give one extravagant house to one family when they can help a few more families with more simple functional houses. But it's not my money. If I were offered the house, I wouldn't turn it down either. Enjoy the house, Cooper family.
  • by BG Grad Location: Williamston on May 15, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    I think everyone needs to quit worrying about someone saying thank you thats obviously not going to and doesnt give a crap what the community did for him! Who cares anymore? Everyone needs to quit being childish and get a life! Don't you have your own lives to worry about? GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by ha ha Location: hamilton on May 10, 2009 at 08:21 PM
    what does the animal control have to do with this, i am for hamilton where both of them live and they do what they can with the rules the have to abied by
  • by hmmmmmmmmmmmmm on May 10, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    dang what a show, some they missed, some they didn't, some they shoda......people still not happy over all ov this. Still no public thank you. Did anyone go to the open houses last week?
  • by Archer Location: Nowhere But Here on May 7, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    It is on youtube... But I can kinda see why there are so many people upset.
  • by Whezza Location: Martin County on May 3, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    PUKE,PUKE,PUKE! Watched "THE" show and got so sick I thought I had the swine flu. What a proud moment for Martin County. As a tax payer I am so glad that my tax dollars are being used so that our Sheriff and deputies can be on national TV. What is the deal with and I quote "Cooper saved hundreds of lives in Desert Storm" Better check the Desert Storm After Action report. Only 467 US wounded. Cooper must have been a busy boy treating the Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force wounded. I guess you just "HAD TO BE THERE" Hero, you are not Cooper, but you should get an Oscar for your performance. An advocate, well, yes you are that, it may be self serving, but what the heck, you do it so well...the self serving part that is. Good Luck in your new house, maybe you will have some time now to pick up a book and read about some true heros or you could have gone for a visit at Walter Reed Hospital while you were in DC, there may have been a hero or two that you could have thanked!

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