The Town of Londonderry had its own version of the hit TV series "Extreme Makeover" with Project Bernadette. The project came about when friends of Bernadette became aware of the plight she was in; never one to complain, it appeared no one who new Bernadette was aware that her house was in dire need of a make over.
This past weekend , after weeks of preparation and organization, Project Bernadette was launched. Many in the Town of Londonderry were organized into a huge volunteer force; included in the numbers were the Londonderry High School Football Team led by their Coach, The Londonderry Knights of Columbus out of St. Jude Parish and a host of individual caring people who also just wanted to help . During this past Saturday and Sunday new flooring was installed, carpeting put down, rooms painted, windows installed , an attic emptied, landscaping done and much, much more.
To say that working this weekend on project Bernadette was satisfying would be an understatement, everyone involved felt truly blessed to have been able to help this wonderful woman and her son make over their house and give them both a more livable place to call home. This project would never have been accomplished if it were not for the selfless dedication and determination of one person. Jean Manley a friend of Bernadette who, after finding out about the situation she was in, orgainized and managed the entire project. Jean Manley's dedication over the past few months to put together the needed volunteers was indispensible to the project. I personally want to thank Jean Manley for her selfless Christian act of giving, I also want to thank all the other volunteers who came out over this weekend and joined my wife and I (along with our oldest son Sean) to help make Project Bernadette the success that it was.