I read yesterday that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be ending in January. After that they will be doing specials a couple times of year. Their last episodes will be building a bunch of new homes for people who lost theirs in the Joplin tornado. I can’t say I’m sad to see this show go. I haven’t watched it for years. I think the last time was when they built the house for the wounded soldier and his family who lost their house in the Chapman, KS tornado.
I know people have gotten a “feel good” from this show for years, but that stopped for me a long time ago. I think they had the right idea, but the way they went about it was insane. Off the top of my head I can’t tell you what the average cost of one of these homes was, but I’m sure most of them were probably at least 1/2 to 3/4 of a million dollars. Beautiful homes, with amazing features that made everyone gasp when they “move that bus”, but boy did reality set in for these families! Basically, they set most of these families up for failure. Many of them upper lower class, or maybe lower middle class, struggling to pay bills on a monthly basis already. So of course it only makes sense to give them a house worth hundreds of thousands of dollars when their homeowner’s insurance and their taxes were already a struggle to pay! And just for good measure let’s throw in a brand new vehicle that’s a total gas hog and the property taxes and insurance are outrageous on.
It’s too bad they couldn’t have been a little smarter about the whole thing–smaller homes which wouldn’t cost so much to maintain or build equals more homes for people in need. But that’s not the way Hollywood or the world seems to work anymore. Bigger is always supposed to be better, isn’t it? Not so much.
Too bad they didn’t take a lesson from Habitat for Humanity. But no one wants to see a modest home being built by volunteers on a television show do they?