Local Businesses Partner with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Last week, the Heathcock family of Hattiesburg was sent on vacation by ABC Television Network's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition".

The family of five, including three children, have been living in a home that was reportedly built in the 1940s and sustained roof and foundation damage from Hurricane Katrina.

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" bulldozed the house to the ground to build a new house, and they'll do it all within a week.

Three Meridian businesses are involved in this project. Meridian-based Citizens National Bank played an "extreme" role in getting the ball rolling.

"Triple A Homes of Mississippi contacted our bank, and at first they were only asking us to accept deposits and maybe make a donation and become a sponsor," said Tony Williamson of Citizens National Bank.

Citizens National Bank helped advertise across the state to bring in sponsors and volunteers to help with the project.

"Citizens National Bank is a community bank, and we believe that citizens work hand-in-hand and side-by-side with the community," said Elizabeth McDonald. "We feel like the whole state of Mississippi is the community and so we feel like Hattiesburg is our neighbor."

"We do a lot of business in Hattiesburg. We've been in the Hattiesburg market for probably close to 20 years. We consider Hattiesburg to be part of our community."

Atlas Roofing of Meridian is providing shingles for the new house, and Storm Service, LLC, is helping with storage of several thousand bags of ice donated for workers, that would otherwise melt.

Newscenter 11 was unable to reach either company for comment, but the role they play in Hattiesburg is just as important as every other volunteer involved with the project.

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