"EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION" HELPS A COMPASSIONATE COUPLE
WHO SPEND THEIR MODEST INCOME ON UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN,
WHILE THEIR OWN HOUSE CRUMBLES AROUND THEM
Tyler Perry Volunteers for "Get on the Bus" Campaign
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" travels to Prince George's County, MD � with celebrity volunteer Tyler Perry -- to tell Nikema, aka "Tripp," and Tamara Tripp that their small house, in need of major repairs they can't afford, will be rebuilt in seven days. For the "EM:HE" team, as well as for hundreds of local volunteers, it's a heartfelt opportunity to give back to a couple who have put the well-being of neighborhood kids ahead of their own living conditions. This two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Over three decades ago, Tripp's father ran a bus ministry for the Woodland Baptist Church, hoping to make his rough neighborhood a better place. Now a generation later, Tripp and Tamara are continuing a family tradition of service and generosity. About 40 kids each week and over 90 children on holidays board the bus for fun and safe activities that have ranged from bowling on a Friday night to flower arranging for Mother's Day. Tripp, an electrician, and Tamara, a teacher's aide, serve as Bus captain and Project coordinator, respectively. More importantly, Tripp, 31, and Tamara, 30, have taken on the role of mentors to many of these children who sometimes look for a sympathetic ear outside the home. The Tripps give of themselves lovingly -- but their generosity literally has its costs. Since their church cannot afford to fund the activities available through the "Big Blue Bus," the Tripps pick up the tab. Earning only modest salaries from their regular jobs, Tripp and Tamara have little left over to repair the crumbling 900-square-foot, two-bedroom, one bathroom house they share with their young sons, Micah, 5, Ethan, 3 and Aaden, 9 months.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" this week features team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders and Tracy Hutson, plus celebrity volunteer Tyler Perry, all helping to transform the Tripp home.
The series is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It is executive-produced by Anthony Dominici. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is broadcast with Spanish subtitles via secondary closed captioning. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
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