In the beginning of December, The NYC / LI chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) was contacted by the Make A Wish Foundation to help one of their "wish children." Six year-old Steven Heckman was diagnosed with Leukemia last summer and just when the family thought that things could not get worse...their home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
After meeting with the family and seeing the total devastation of their home, the members of NARI sprang into action to help the Heckman’s. The ambitious rebuild includes: all new plumbing, electric, HVAC, siding, windows, doors, landscaping and a new roof. As a surprise for the family, the interior of the house was re-worked to allow for a third bedroom for Steven. Giving Steven his own bedroom to recover and heal was extremely important to everyone. Within the week, the devastated home was gutted and the new home, bringing renewed hope, began.
Excited with the idea of being able to bring Steven and his family back home, around the holidays, volunteers worked around the clock to finish. On January 5, 2013, in the spirit of the popular show “Extreme Home Makeover”, the Heckman family returned from Steven’s Make A Wish trip to Disney World and their new home was revealed to them for the first time. At 10:00 a.m. they stepped out of their car to an excited crowd of NARI members, volunteers, donors, and neighbors - - all eagerly waiting to welcome them home.
The addition of a third bedroom was not be the only surprise for the family! When they opened the door to their house for the first time, they walked into a completely furnished home thanks to the tremendous generosity of Bob’s Discount Furniture. In the backyard, Steven and his two sisters can now safely play together in their newly fenced in yard, complete with jungle gym, thanks to the extreme kindness of PJ Mechanical. “We didn’t want to just rebuild a house, we wanted to give this special family back a home,” said NARI Board Chairman Bob Didier. “A warm, safe and secure home that Steven can recover in.
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