Moving The 'Spirit of People'

Community volunteers join the crew of the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" television show to unleash the moving spirit of unity and cooperation.

The volunteers have climbed a hill in northwest Murfreesboro, Arkansas to build a new house for the family of Dennis and Kim Collins. The demolition of the old house and the building of a new one will be featured in the popular television show. The new house will help the Collins spouses in reducing the hardship of raising six children in the tiny brick home that they currently live in.

"It's spiritual to help these families." In the business world it's all about me. The corporate world is all about the profit and the dollar, "said Toni Farmer, the wife of Eric Farmer, who owns Farmers Construction of Rogers, Ark. He added, "This is a project that is not about you. It's all about the family and teamwork. This is an entire community pulling together."

Farmers Construction of Rogers has established a partnership with RealSteel with the end of building a house for free as part of the ABC series. So far, the building of the Collins' house is the third "extreme" project of Farmers Construction. Both the Farmers Construction and the RealSteel have worked for the project without any pecuniary charge.

The "extreme" project for the Collins' family in Murfreesboro was chosen after Mitchell, the teenager son of Dennis and Kim, was nominated for the Volvo for Life Hometown Hero Award. The TV show seeks for ideas on the Volvo website and learned about Mitchell's effort to help the Arkansas Children's Hospital at Little Rock. Mitchell's stirring passion to help people is as tough as Volvo window motors that consistently provide power to make others function as well.

Mitchell was one of the five Arkansas heroes to make it as semifinalists in Volvo's annual search for heroes all across America. Mitchell was debilitated by a rare form of brain cancer when he was three years old. Fortunately, he survived but the malady left him hearing impaired and mentally impaired.

Mitchell Collins' Arkansas Children's Hospital project includes raising money to purchase supplies, toys and other items to make young cancer patients more comfortable since their condition. Arkansas Children's Hospital is where Mitchell's cancer was treated. Dennis, Mitchell's father, is also a cancer survivor.

Collins' family has taken into their tiny home the five children of a cousin who died with her husband in a car wreck in 2004. Kim did not allow her cousin's children to be separated into the system so she took them into her home. The original home of the Collins' includes three bedrooms and a bath. And there was a need to further divide the small house to make the occupants fit in.

"We're a tight-knit family," said Randy Harris, the brother of Kim who is also a carpenter, along with his father and grandmother. He was shocked at the volunteers from Murfreesboro who came to help out with the project. "I did not think so many people would be here during the middle of the week. I thought they would be working at their jobs," said Randy Harris. "This shows good things come to those who wait," he said.

Toni Farmer said the spirit is contagious. "When we pulled out of Hot Springs Monday, we had eight escorts and 37 cars. When we rolled into small towns, people would wave at us and the whole town knew what was going on. Met a girl at the grocery store and she wanted to help. "

She said she could get Mitchell's entire senior class there and she did. "They were used in the 'Braveheart' scene where workers are approaching toward the house to be remodeled," continued Farmer. "It all goes back to being spiritual." Everyone opens up their hearts and hopes about themselves.