Man. They built that two story, 4000 square foot house in 3 DAYS. They went
24 hours a day, 3 shifts, 80 person crew per shift and they went 100 miles
an hour all the time.
They say it's going to be on ABC sometime in the next two months. It's great
to see this happen to people that really, really need it. And people up in
Houston are contributing money and a large furniture store is furnishing the
whole dang house. Now, if a miracle would just come along that would cure
these two kids leukemia this year would be off to a fantastic start.
Check this out. And if you want, you can kick in a buck or two.
It just escapes me why a family of four or even six in dire need of
assistance need a 4000 sf home.
Why not build two 2000 sf homes and let another family in need have a
Is it ratings, drama, or "reality"??? All of the above?
They just did one of those charity jobs up here in north Idaho. A
beautiful home, fantastic landscaping, even a play house for the kids
built like a castle including mote that cost more than a 3 car garage
would. The family was a victim of a crime (don't reccall the details
now) and needed a home but to take a family on or near welfare, put
them in a home like that seems excessive. The house cost them nothing
but I wonder how they will pay the taxes on one of the most expensive
places in the county in the future.
There is a place for charity and then there is the need for a bit of
sanity to go with it.
I must be turning into a curmudgeon early in life (I'm only 44!) but that
was my thought too.
My other thought is about the expense of utilities, upkeep, repairs and
furnishing a 4K sf house. A 4K sf house cost more to heat or cool than a
2K. If someone is in such dire straits that they have trouble affording
housing better than a trailer, how are they going to afford those "extras?"
Is it that charitable to give them a house that will be a financial strain
for them to keep up?
It's a relevant question. This family has a huge financial burden, how
are they to pay property taxes?
In addtion, since this is a gift, don't they have to pay income taxes
on this? Or is this covered by additional gifts?
Okay. For all you negative thinking types out there. If you visited the web
page about this you might have noted that this house is being built on the
property of the Father. He is over 65. In our county we have an over 65 tax
exemption. NO TAXES will be levied on this house until the property is sold,
the owner passes away or opts out of the exemption. Even then, the property
will be under the county agriculture exemption so the taxes would not be
over $100.00 a year. And Texas has no State Property Tax. As for the IRS,
word is this is a gift and those taxes will be paid by the builder and the
But, if such things are that big a concern for all of you, why not chip in a
buck or two toward the cause? I think MD Anderson Cancer Hospital has a fund
set up for the twins as well. So, unless you are just the type that likes to
throw cold water on a heart warming story, maybe you can see fit to help
how about building them modest home and spring for some/all of the medical
expenses? or just give them some money (Lord knows that lost time from
work,travel expenses,lodging...etc.(all expenses occuring with sick loved
ones) will rack them further into debt just as fast.
i know that despite all the good suggestions and/questions that damn near
everyone raised here,he wanted nothing more than "happy little thoughts".
that reminds me of that painter bob ross...."happy little trees". once
people questioned if it really the best for the family, he got angry.
there is a serious underlining issue to charity; that being how well is the
money spent. it's great that the family that has been struggling can catch
a break,but when someone(extreme home makeover) is soliciting for donations
there has got to be some common sense in the spending of those recieved
contributions. being a recovering,pussified,treehugging leftist sort of
qualifies me to make a personal(note the word personal) assesment.
*God grant me the serenity to not be sucked into these useless debates with
people who have no practical use for common sense,or the application
btw i used the term "leftist" as in context with extreme left wing,ultra
lib,or semi-social engineer. that isn't the semi marx/communism dictionary
term that you are trying to bait me into an argument about.....
Sloppy language and fuzzy thinking, Mr. Biteme. Mumble, mumble, I
can't even figure out what the hell you're talking about. All the
so-called "leftists" I know would opt for two more modest houses. But
I don't know who the OP is. Neither do you.
sure they would "opt" for a house that's modest on a personal level, but
would never openly critize a charitable contribution. the level of
self-imposed guilt that they might offend someone would prevent
that......classic over-sypathitic bleeding-heart crap that makes no sense.
first hand experience.....on my own part.
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