Jamesville Family Spends Christmas In New Extreme Home Makeover House

By: Natalie Kaplan Email
By: Natalie Kaplan Email

About nine months ago Extreme Home Makeover took Eastern Carolina by storm and completely changed the lives of one Martin County Family. The hit TV show tore down the Cooper families old home and built a masterpiece in its place. This was the Copper's first Christmas in that home, Natalie Kaplan got to catch up with them this weekend, the Coopers told her it was a holiday they'll never be able to forget.

According to Jeff Cooper, “It has got to be one of the most memorable Christmas's I'll have since I was a little boy."

Cooper says he's had a world of good fortune in 2009. First Extreme Home Makeover demolished his old double wide trailer and built a massive home in its place that wasn't only beautiful but much more equipped to handle his needs. Then this holiday weekend the Cooper family got another big surprise.

Windy Cooper told Natalie, "Christmas Eve, I got a special present, my boyfriend proposed in the new house, right in front of the fireplace with my family and his family."

The Coopers say their holiday couldn't have been more perfect and a large part of that is because of Ty Pennington and his team.

Carla Cooper tells us "I love Christmas, I told them so, the house is like a log cabin/ski lodge and meant for Christmas decorations and music and the smell of turkey, everything about the holidays."

But the Coopers haven't forgotten about the hundreds of local volunteers that pitched into help back in March and want to say thank you once again to the community this holiday season.

Jeff Cooper says this year was the first time he ever got to help his wife Carla cook Christmas dinner in the kitchen, before he wasn't able to maneuver around, Jeff says the family spent at least six hours preparing the feast.


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  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    If I was as proud of my friendship and admiration for anyone as the anonymous poster of Jan 22 at 2:34pm, I would not be shy about putting my name on my post. If I thought I was secure enough in my brashness to mouth off to other people to keep their mouth shut and wanted them to take me seriously, I wouldn't be afraid to post under my own name. I would not hide under the term anonymous. You brave, rugged, though, intimidating Anonymous person you. lol, rediculous. Baykha!!!
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: JAMESVILLE on Jan 22, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK YOU KNOW THE COOPERS LET ME TELL YOU... YOU DONT I PERSONALLY KNOW THEM AND THEY ARE A CARING GIVING LOVING FAMILY IM SO HAPPY FOR THEM AND IF YOU CANT SAY NOTHING NICE KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND CONGRATS WINDY!!!! HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL WEDDING!
  • by The real people Location: Jamesville on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:09 PM
    I met one of the contractors from the Elizabeth City area that donated time and effort to this effort. Here we are all these months later and he rues the day he ever got involved. I quote, "I should have known there was something up with this thing when so many local contractors wouldn't touch it". Chelsie, God would want grifters to stop grifting. It has nothing to do with jealousy or your terrible spelling.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: US on Jan 12, 2010 at 10:29 PM
    What about the Mom, while the Cooper's were on their second home, the Mom is moving from brother to brother's home cause she was promised by Jeff to buy her a new home. HMMM, looks like he made out like a fat rat and Mom ends up with nothing yet again. Now that is a good American Boy, taking care of his family. Notice I said his second home. And did you know there was a church at the home replacing the roof before the makeover team came that same year and the wood which yall didn't see cause it was moved out of sight was for the porch that was being built by some church up North like Ohio or some place and that is fact not fiction! So waste not, want not!
  • by chelsie Location: willimston on Jan 4, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    all you people with sumthing bad too sat are jelous, be happy for others, do what GOD would wont you to do!
  • by The people Location: jamesville on Jan 4, 2010 at 04:13 PM
    it is completely amazing what people can worry bout, as in other peoples business, how bout digging in your own backyard for a change. And im guessing no one here even knows more bout their own business then the coopers. its time to get over it, and worry bout yourself. Heres to Larry D.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    I am happy that this family was giving this blessing, but I have to agree that it is hard this day and time to actually pick a family who really needs this help. I am sure there are some other needy family in this County.
  • by ToThe Pirate Lady Location: Jamesville on Dec 30, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    To Pirate Lady, the decorations were beautiful, including the icicle lights that they put up on the 30 foot eaves...wonder who did that? Jeff's lift chair must have been supersized.
  • by Dylan Location: Hyde County on Dec 30, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    I'm happy to see this family had a great Christmas. Tad, of all these comments you have posted, it sounds like you are a jealous grumpy old man who moans and groans too much. I feel sorry for anyone who lives with you.
  • by To Anonymous @ 2:13 pm on Dec 29, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    Huh? I've not read anything that is childish or jealous and I'm 40 yrs old. All I've read is truth...and yep, that's what I hear every Sunday morning in church too...the truth. And I could care less what vehicles people drive to church. I'm sorry, but your comment lost me...did you post on the wrong story?
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