Extreme home makeover 9.12

Written by David Green.

Brandi McIntosh describes herself as a giver.

“I’m a giver, not a receiver,” she said. “I give and I give and I give.”

That’s why she had a tough time at first saying “yes” to an offer of help from an area church group.

“It was very hard, but I had to realize that I can receive,” she said.

And once she agreed, her Fayette residence became the target of “Extreme Home Makeover, Our Lady of Mercy Style.”

More than 50 volunteers from at least seven communities met at Brandi’s house Saturday morning to tackle a variety of tasks—items that Brandi is either unable to do or unable to hire out for help.

As a single mother of three children who is trying to put herself through school, cash can be a little tight for projects such as re-roofing the garage, replacing a portion of the foundation, replacing siding where windows were removed, replacing missing fascia and soffit, etc.

Volunteers lacking the skills for those jobs attacked items such as painting a deck, cleaning gutters, cutting grass from sidewalk edges, weeding, mulching, trimming and more.

Considerable remodeling had already been done inside the house, but Brandi said she had become a little blind to the maintenance needs outside.

“It’s weird how a few things will make such a big change,” she said after the work wrapped up. “It’s a big difference and it’s a very good difference. It all looks so refreshed and pretty.”

Among the various jobs completed, she points to the paint on the foundation as the thing that changes the appearance the most.

Painting the deck was also notable, she said, because for some reason, she says, it makes it look so much larger.

Traci Maginn of Fayette, who organized the event with her husband, Mike, was delighted with the outcome.

“It was an amazing day filled with humor, patience, persistence, creativity and friendship,” she said. “We will all take away from the day much more than we were able to give.”

Members of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, along with a few friends of the family, came from Fayette, Morenci, Lyons, Archbold, Alvordton, West Unity and Waldron. Work continued until about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. There are a few items to finish up, so volunteers will show up again this Saturday to complete the job.

Saturday’s effort marks the second year of the Extreme Makeover program.

“It was such a good time,” Traci said. “Everyone was very grateful to Brandi for letting us into her home and giving us the opportunity to take her into our hearts.”

And now Brandi can go back to giving.

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