Local Mom Gets Home Makeover Surprise

By Linda Ong | long@kolr10.com

Published 05/08 2014 10:58PM

Updated 05/08 2014 11:05PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Paula McCurdy is in for a treat this Mother's Day.

"Over the past 14 years, she has fostered and cared for over 200 children," said Marla Robison of Cherish Kids. "So this is an opportunity where Cherish Kids is partnering with Keller Williams to give back and thank her for all she's done."

That thank you comes in the form of a home makeover.

"We came in this morning, we tore out all of the landscape in the front and redid all that," said David Johnson of Keller Williams Realty. "We tore off the entire roof and we re-shingled that."

But the improvements weren't limited to the roof and landscape. Volunteers raced against the clock to put in new carpets, paint the interiors and exteriors, install new doors, upgrade the kitchen, and more.

Johnson said he jumped at the opportunity to offer his expertise.

"These people who have huge heart for the Lord and helping kids. hey get called on a lot and nobody really looks out for them," he said. "So this day is to really help her and help her move forward, and help deal with those kids and love the boys and girls that come through here."

Through humid temperatures and rain, about 70 volunteers, like Patty Maples pitched in.

"This lady has such a heart for children," said Maples. "Why would you not want to be a part of something so amazing?"

About 12 hours later, the renovations were complete and the time had arrived. McCurdy was told in the morning her house would be lightly reorganized.

"Wow, this is like a surprise," said McCurdy. "I thought you were going to do a couple of things."

After viewing room after room, McCurdy said her home now feels like a brand new start.

"I would never expect this. This is my Mother's Day present," said McCurdy. "Sometimes you don't expect stuff for yourself, you just want to give to others. But this is, like, I could never have had a surprise like this ever."

McCurdy said it's a present she'll never forget and one that she will share with every child she fosters.

"I think it'll give them more peace and I can be more organized and more structure to their life because it's gorgeous, and they can be proud of where they live," she said. "I think it's a miracle and I'm so happy."

The project's worth is estimated at about $30,000, but thanks to donations and many helping hands, it only cost about $4500.   

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