Extreme Makeover Chooses Kansas Soldier

Extreme Makeover chose an Ottawa, Kan. family for a home makeover. Crews began the week-long project Sunday, July 31, 2011.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Governor Sam Brownback will join co-builders M.A.C. Corporation and Canyon Creek Construction and hundreds of volunteers Monday evening to help the crew of the ABC network show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build an “extreme” home for the Allen Hill Family of Ottawa, Kan.

Allen is an Iraq war veteran living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a specially designed “quiet home” will be constructed to aid in his recovery. The couple has two children.

Work on Monday at the house located at 11 Wheatland Drive in Ottawa will focus on setting the foundation and framing the interior walls. Volunteers of all skill levels are still needed. To sign up for a volunteer shift, visit www.joinextreme.com/kansas.

The home's foundation was scheduled to be laid during early Monday morning through mid-afternoon, weather permitting. Volunteers then work to create concrete walls and floors throughout the day, and conclude with the construction of interior walls.

Spectators will be welcomed beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the build site. Spectator hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Money is currently being raised to pay for building materials not donated. The remaining funds in the account will be donated to the Hill Family to assist them with maintaining the home and property. Donations to the Family Build Fund can be made at any UMB bank branch or by visiting www.joinextreme.com/kansas.

An "Extreme Makeover BBQ Throwdown" fundraiser will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Forest Park, 600 N. Locust, Ottawa.

Members of the Kansas City BBQ Society will bring to town eight of the country's top 10 pitmasters to compete in a BBQ tasting competition judged by cast members of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Proceeds will go to the Family Build Fund. Details can be found at www.joinextreme.com/kansas.