Ozarks Extreme Makeover: The Reaction

Jeremy Elwood, SBJ ReporterIt’s finished.

Construction is complete at the Ash Grove site of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and the lives of Chris and Niki Hampton and their six children will soon be returning to normal – or as close to normal as a family can get after a national TV crew comes to town, blows up your house and rebuilds it bigger and better.

The Hampton family, with project leaders Michelle Clifton on the left and Sam Clifton on the right, accept gifts and well wishes at a news conference Wednesday following the debut of the family's new home. Photo by Jeremy Elwood.

The Hampton family, with project leaders Michelle Clifton on the left and Sam Clifton on the right, thanks the volunteers and donors who made the family's new home possible at a news conference Wednesday. Photo by Jeremy Elwood.

Wednesday was likely the last public appearance in the foreseeable future for the Hamptons, as the family received more donations from community businesses and gave thanks to the build team led by Sam and Michelle Clifton of Millstone Custom Homes.

Chris Hampton was reduced to tears multiple times during the ceremony as one by one, organizations bestowed gifts on the family.

The list is almost too long to mention, but some stand out:

• The family’s mortgage is paid off thanks to numerous individual and business donors.

• Drury University offered full tuition scholarships to all six children.

• Farmers Insurance donated a year of free home insurance coverage.

• Purina Mills offered a year’s worth of feed for the family’s horses, chickens, cats and dogs.

• rAVe Design Services donated audio and visual equipment, as well as a security system and a year of security monitoring.

• M&M Landscaping donated all the landscaping materials and offered a year of maintenance service.

That list doesn’t even include PFI Western Store, which donated saddles and bridles for the family and organized the donation of a new barn … or Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, which donated all the construction materials as well as doors and windows … or McAlister’s Deli, which provided drinks for workers throughout the week …

The list is overwhelming – and the family was overwhelmed.

“What a blessing this has been for us,” Chris Hampton said. “Knowing that people can put forth this kind of effort without knowing somebody – an example of true love – shows great character, and we just want to tell everyone thank you so much for everything we’ve received here. We’ll be forever indebted to you.”


2 Responses to “Ozarks Extreme Makeover: The Reaction”

  1. 1 Robert Beckett July 23, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I hope that this does not prove to be a gift that generates great anxiety or worse for the family. They can anticipate a shock when they get their first heating bill this fall, another for their first water and sewer bill, another for insuring this over-large house. I am glad that they won’t have to live huddled together in a too-small house, but I wonder if they can generate the funding to keep it

  2. 2 Patrick Williams July 23, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Regarding the heating/ac bill, if anything there probably won’t be a change. With all of the new energy efficient equipment that was probably used, it may even reduce the bill. Trust me, I have a house that’s about 1500 sq. ft. smaller than several coworkers and my heating/ac bills are always 2-3x more expensive since my heating unit is an older model.

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