Home Reality Show Helps Sandy Victims
NBC’s “George to the Rescue” has come to the aid of four siblings that lost their parents during Superstorm Sandy.
Richard and Elizabeth died during the storm in October, 2012 when a 100-foot-tall tree fell onto their pickup truck according to the Daily Record.
Daughter Zoe, 20, then a student at Rutgers University, left the school to take care of the rest of the family: Talia, 18, Theo,15 and Pierce, 12 and eventually became their legal guardians. The family stayed together in the house but Zoe’s eighth grade Spanish teacher brought their home to the attention of the show hosted by George Oliphant.
They got their first look at the renovations this week in a segment scheduled to air as the show’s season premiere in March.
“When we first decided to do this, I knew it wouldn’t be a normal ‘George to the Rescue,’” Oliphant told The Record. “It’s not a normal house we do, it’s much bigger. But this is obviously a unique situation.”
Besides redecorating 2 bedrooms, a solarium and an office, the home got a new roof, hot water heater. Much of the material and labor was donated by area businesses.
Oliphant and his crew also made a table made from wood their father gathered in the backyard.
“Mom and dad walked out that night not knowing they would never come back,” Oliphant told the newspaper. “They left projects behind. It was terrible, and anything we can do to help we wanted to do.”
- Randolph siblings who lost parents in Sandy get home makeover / The Daily Record
- Kids whose parents were killed in Sandy get home renovation from ‘George to the Rescue’ / Star-Ledger