2009-01-29 / Local & State

Creative Memories Joins ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

To design new home and new memories for brave family

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Local independent sales consultant Sherri Plessinger has announced that the company she represents, Creative Memories, had a hand in making the new home featured in an upcoming episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," a dream come true for Carol Girard and her four children in Voluntown, Conn.

Pinnacles of their community, the Girard family has always volunteered to help the poor, the elderly and local children by orchestrating several annual fundraisers. In August 2007, the Girards were volunteering at a fundraiser for their church when they learned a fire had completely destroyed their home. Then in June 2008, tragedy struck again when father Tom and eldest son Marc both drowned in a swimming accident. Carol and the children have lived in a tent, a pop-up camper and, finally, Carol's mother's home ever since.

Plessinger said Creative Memories helped design a scrapbooking themed bedroom for the family's 15-year-old daughter, Jac-queline, who loves scrapbooking and photography. Wall displays, digital memory books, photo-safe albums and accessories were among the many products donated by the company. "I'm so glad we were able to provide Jacqueline with the tools she needs to pursue one of her favorite activities," said Plessinger.

"It was an honor for Creative Memories to be part of this effort to bring hope to a family who has suffered such immeasurable loss," said Creative Memories founder Rhonda Anderson. "Our hearts go out to the Girards as they begin a new life in their beautiful new home."

The episode of the hit ABCTV show featuring the Girard family airs Sunday, February 8.

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