New London Day/Sean D. Elliot
Just like they did to surprise a Voluntown family earlier this year, Ty Pennington and friends were back in Suffield last week.
The Suffield family chosen for a television home makeover has returned to their new digs. Sunday, the Hills family finally got a chance to see what volunteers had worked so hard on.
The family of 13 flew to Disney World for a week to give volunteers time to tear down their old house -- a mini ranch lacking space. In its place rose a brand new two-story colonial.
“It’s been a great team. Everyone has been on this 1,000 percent,” says Jack Kemper, the homes architect.
It was those volunteers who worked long hours, day and night for a week. Then they stayed until the final moments to make sure everything was perfect when the family arrived.
Michelle Clayton who goes to school with one of the Hill boys said, “I’m glad they got a new house because they’ve done so much for the community.”
The Hills have a reputation in Suffield of selflessly giving. The family has expanded to 13 after taking in a number of nieces and nephews.
It was that spirit that brought out not only the hundreds of spectators but also the thousands of volunteers.
“It’s been an extremely exciting and extremely challenging week and its great to do something for the Hill family,” says volunteer Bob Sanford.
Alas, the inside of the home will remain a mystery until the show airs this fall.