Over 90 businesses and hundreds of volunteers are teaming up to renovate the home of a local family in need.
Matt and April Morgan’s three-year-old daughter, Lily, was born with Congenital Heart Failure, the result of a very narrow artery that prevents blood flow to her body below the heart, leading to a very fragile immune system.
The family’s 1984 mobile home in Timberlea has a number of issues from persistent mold to the windows icing up that you can’t even see out of them.
Despite restoration companies attempting to fix the problems, they would keep coming back.
“By the time they fixed one area, the other area was ready. So there was always a room in the house that Lily couldn’t go in,” said Project Manager Billy Martin.
On January 16, Lily, along with her parents and two older sisters, Brianna and Chloe, are going on a week-long trip to Florida courtesy of the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation.
During this time, Martin along with dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers will be doing a complete renovation of the home – with the project being dubbed Extreme Makeover – Fort McMurray Edition.
“The only thing that is going to be original from the trailer is a few outside walls and the frame,” said Martin. “Four electrical companies are working together, three exterior companies that are normally competition are under one roof for the greater cause.”
Martin says, as of Thursday, 93 companies are all contributing to this project, from building supplies to $30, 000 in diesel, food, and a new minivan for the family’s frequent trips to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
He adds it’s surreal seeing this all being put together.
“Did I expect to be able to get a house renovated? Sure. But the extent of it has gone above and beyond.”
In addition to the work being done on the home, a six-band benefit concert is taking place at The Den on January 20 at 6 p.m.
A trust account, Morgan Family Makeover, has been set up at Servus Credit Union, there is also a GoFundMe page for those interested in making a monetary donation.
“It’s a community feeling, we don’t have the gorgeous oceans or the mounties, but the people are what keeps up here. I’ve been here 18-years now and everyone has said that at some point – I’m here because of the people,” said Martin.