By DAVID GREEN
“Into each life some rain must fall,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “some days be dark and dreary.”
Lots of rain fell into the lives of volunteers in this year’s “Extreme Home Makeover: Our Lady of Mercy Edition,” but the action was anything but dark and dreary.
A little crowded, perhaps, and somewhat frustrating at times, but spirits remained high and a lot of work was accomplished.
“The weather was pretty lousy and we did the best we could,” said Tami Baker of the project organizing committee. “I was surprised by the large turnout. Fifty-five people came in the pouring rain. It was amazing.”
Many of the projects planned at the renovation of Tony Roney’s Waldron home were exterior jobs, and a heavy downpour put an end to most of that. Forcing people inside led to crowded conditions.
“We had people crammed into every room of the house,” Baker said. “We were pretty much on top of one another, but everyone got along well.”
Rain canceled some outdoor work, but it necessitated another task. A tarp had to be placed over a portion of the roof due to leaking, and then wet ceilings got in the way of other projects.
In the humid air, drywall compound and paint weren’t drying so fans were put in place.
“We weren’t able to finish everything,” Baker said, but then at least two dozen people returned to the scene Sunday to get more done.
Roof work is scheduled today and several volunteers will return Saturday in an effort to wrap up the project.
The Waldron Wesleyan Church was opened for lunch and leftovers were stored for the evening meal.
“We had people there who weren’t from our parish and there were people from the Waldron community who knew Tony and wanted to help,” Baker said. “I was amazed by the outpouring of help. The community was wonderful.”
In three years of make-overs, the Roney house project was the biggest one yet and from a logistics standpoint, Baker said, it proved to be the most challenging.
“It was also disappointing that we didn’t get to see the project completed,” she said, but volunteers still gained the satisfaction of assisting out a single-parent family in need of helping hand.