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.
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.
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.