January 18, 2009 12:00 PM by Joe Reality
As is often the case with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington and his design team are coming to the aid of a family who has spent their lives helping others. The Drumm family of Quincy Township, Pennsylvania works with disabled children through the Challenger Little League Program. Unfortunately, their home has been used as a site to dump trash and waste and is in need of repair.
Matthew and Blasia Drumm have two children with autism, and they have dedicated their lives to children with disabilities. The Drumms help to manage special needs Little League, and Blasia works as a teacher’s aid at the Franklin Learning Center for Handicapped Children.
At the Little League games, the Drumms help operate the concessions stand. They also coordinate travel for to tri-state games and tournaments for the League. In 2006, the Drumms were awarded the Penn Marr Challenger League, Division Family Service Award.
When Matthew and Blasia bought their home, they did not know that it had been used as a dump site for trash and waste. The Drumms do not have the finances necessary to make improvements to the home, and the entire home is heated by a single wood-burning stove. The Drumms’ dream is to one day be able to offer in-home respite care to other special needs children in their home.
Ty Pennington, his design team, multi-state builder Dan Ryan Builders, Challenger Little League Program and hundreds of volunteers will work to rebuild the Drumm family home. The design team includes designers Paul DiMeo, Eduardo Xol, John Littlefield, Didiayer Snyder. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs on Sunday, January 18 from 8 PM to 9 PM ET on ABC.
Photo Credit: Kent Eanes/ABC