Young Girl With Developmental Challenges Gets Surprise Basement Renovation | George to the Rescue

Young Girl With Developmental Challenges Gets Surprise Basement Renovation | George to the Rescue

[music playing – theme song] I’m Lazzaro. I’m Sherri. And we’re here in
Rutherford, New Jersey. SHERRI: We were kind
of friends for a while. We dated on and off. LAZZARO: But our first official
date was actually in 1999. We went to Paris. And that’s the last time
we went away together. Now we have three kids and– Mm. Scrumdileicious. LAZZARO: Sherri’s
got a heart of gold. She will go out of her way
for a complete stranger. And it’s not for the accolades. It’s not for the
pat on the back. It’s because she genuinely
wants to help somebody. This one went through. Yep. SHERRI: So about
Lazzy– hard worker, good, honest guy, great dad. Are you crying yet? No. OK. I am really excited to
surprise the Degennaro family. They have lived in
their Rutherford home with their three children,
Julianna, Nick, and Talia. LAZZARO: So Talia, she’s
the heart of the family. She’s lively, she’s
curious, inquisitive. She’ll say hello and I
love you a thousand times while you’re in a five-minute
discussion with her. Can you see me? JULIANNA: Talia is the most
outgoing in our family. She is always one to smile. SHERRI: The welcoming committee,
that’s when she’s known as. Yeah, we call her the
welcoming committee. Even in school, she’s
the welcoming committee. SHERRI: My dad used
to say that’s the best gift you can get. Despite any disability she may
have, just to put her in a room and make somebody else smile is
a gift you can’t get anywhere. GEORGE OLIPHANT:
At nine months old, Talia was diagnosed
with hypertonia, which is a lifelong
disease that causes low muscle tone and
developmental delays from head to toe. SHERRI: Everything Talia
does has been delayed– walking, talking,
running, everything. She does progress at a much
slower rate, academically. JULIANNA: Good job. Almost done. Look. Almost done. JULIANNA: Everything is
delayed a little bit, but it doesn’t stop her
from being who she is. LAZZARO: It’s not sad.
We’re not sad for her. We’re really happy in
how far she’s come. We’re happy in how
far she’s brought us. Because she doesn’t know
anything other than happiness. And in this day and
age, you need that. GEORGE OLIPHANT: The Degennaros’
oldest daughter, Julianna, wrote me a heartfelt letter
asking if I could come and help rescue the family’s basement. In its current state, the
basement is a catchall. And to make matters
worse, Laz works from home in the basement. Kind of dark
getting down here. It’s dark, it’s old, it’s dated. It’s unsafe at times,
especially for the kids. Talia knows I’m
down there, she’ll call from on top of the stairs,
but she refuses to come down. Come on, let’s go
down to the basement. She has a lot of fears,
anxiety, one being stairs. Not happening? No? Not happening. LAZZARO: It was a selling
point to this house when we moved here
because we figured, oh, we have a finished basement. Little did we know– Then his wife turned
it into storage. I’m with Talia on this one. I wouldn’t even set foot in that
basement in its current state. It is totally underutilized. It’s basically an entire
floor that’s not being used. Let’s give the Degennaro
family, and especially Talia, the basement they deserve. JULIANNA: To get our
basement redone from “George to the Rescue,”
like, what it would mean to us is the entire world. I think if “George to the
Rescue” came to our house, he would really
make Talia happy. SHERRI: I’m just
visualizing her face to see something like that. LAZZARO: To get her down
there might just spark other things to come with her. And that’s really what
this was all about for us. Everything else is secondary. [doorbell] No way. No way. What’s up, Lazzaro? How’s it going,
Degennaro family? SHERRI: Oh my god. GEORGE OLIPHANT: I heard the
screams from behind the door. Wow. I am speechless. So, surprise. – Thank you.
– Yeah. Anyhow, I understand
you guys have some issues with the basement. Woo! That’s the word on the street. Yeah. You don’t go in that
basement, do you, Talia? No. Now Sherri, I understand
you store quite a bunch of things in that basement. I might have to organize
that a little bit. We might have to
purge a little bit. – We need to get rid of it all.
– Just a little purging. What do you say I come and
take care of the basement and turn into a
space for the kids and for the family as a whole?
– Absolutely. Yeah. Yeah? Usually I am the one
doling out all the hugs on “George to the Rescue.” But when it comes to
the Degennaro family, Talia has got me beat tenfold. It’s time to get our experts
in to figure out how we’re going to pull off this rescue. I’m bringing in some really
close friends of mine to help me out. To do the design, I’ve
got my friends from Roost Interiors, Ali and Kasey. And to deal with all the
construction side of things, we’ve got Ryan Hodgson from RTH. All right guys. Don’t be scared. This is– RYAN: Interesting.
GEORGE OLIPHANT: Yeah. Interesting, good word Wow. Lot of stuff down here. Yes. RYAN: So are they going to
donate all this stuff or– Yeah. We are– we already got
Salvation Army on board. They’re going to come in. They’re going to
take it all out. I’m going to help Sherri and Laz
get rid of all of this stuff. You have your work
cut out for you. – That sounds fun.
– It’s like a Band-Aid. You’ve just got to rip it off. You’ve just got
to get rid of it. Can’t even start this
rescue until we get everything out of the basement.
– It’s time to modernize. Right. It’s time to give them a
more sophisticated space. This will be a great
start to a new beginning. ANNOUNCER: “George
to the Rescue” is sponsored in part by
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape. For more information,
go to [music playing] Before we can even think
about starting construction, we’ve got to get this
basement cleaned out. That means all of
Laz’s boxes and all of Sherri’s sentimental stuff. We’re ready. Boxes are ready. We’re ready to fill them up. Let’s go. [music playing] What is in here? Wow. SHERRI: This is for clothes. GEORGE OLIPHANT: Tell me
this was a costume, Laz. This isn’t some
old memory, right? LAZZARO: That’s
where I met Sherri. GEORGE OLIPHANT: Yeah. Come on. The game of Operation? That’s amazing. Nah, I don’t think so. It’s got to go. Oh my gosh. Really? Feels good. Feels good. Holy crap. What’s in there? Don’t go in there yet. Box it up.
Throw it out. Donate it. How about that
cute little picture with the baby and the Shar-Pei? I love it. Whew. You know we got our
work cut out for us when you’ve got a call in the army. And what I mean is
the Salvation Army. Major Dupree is
here with his squad to help us clear everything out
of the Degennaros’ basement. All proceeds will go to
helping those in need. Win, win, win. I’m feeling tired. How are you feeling? – I’m feeling–
– But relieved. –free. We’ll look back on this
and the next thing you know, we’ll be cleaning out
everybody else’s basement. Sherri to the rescue. GEORGE OLIPHANT: We
cleared out that basement. We got rid of the boxes. We got rid of all that stuff. And now it’s ready for demo. So Ryan, not only do
we have all RTH here, but we have the Peacocks–
RYAN: The Peacocks. –the bowling team here– – I’m excited.
– –for demo. You guys ready for this?
not Ryan’s first rescue. As a matter of
fact, last time we became such good
friends that I ended up joining his bowling team. Hammer, bowling balls,
pins, sledge hammers, whatever you want to use. So the Peacocks is a bunch
of– it’s a group of dads. We bowl at a place
called the Commonwealth Club in Montclair, New Jersey. [cheering] We are a team. And today we’re here to
do some demo together. [music playing] RYAN: We are taking out all that
terrible 1980s wood paneling. And we are going to
take down the ceiling, bring it all down so
we can get sheet rock and make this place new. GEORGE OLIPHANT:
You know, I should really have the Peacocks come
and help me out on every demo. This is moving so swimmingly. We’re rolling perfect
300s right now. We were taking the basement
out like a hot knife through butter. I mean, literally, they say
many hands make light work. We’re not even like 15 minutes
in and we’re almost done. [music playing] GEORGE OLIPHANT: Who’s bleeding? Aw, [bleep]. CJ, the captain
of the bowling team, while he was hitting
the sledgehammer, took some shrapnel to the face. But hey, it’s all part
of the game, right? No, it’s just [inaudible]. Like you had a piece of
wood stuck in your face. [music playing] GEORGE OLIPHANT: So Ryan, on
a traditional bowling lane, you may be a little bit better
than me, just a little bit. But when it comes to
construction site bowling– – You got me?
– I think I can take you. [music playing] A little mano y mano
driveway bowl-off. All right. I can do this. So I have a
challenge for Ryan. Whoever knocks down
the most pins wins. And if I win, we’re going to
have to take out the kitchen, too. RYAN: Cabinets are dated,
the appliances are dated. It looks like it’s
pretty crowded in there. I’m going to use the
quality double hand, I think. Uh-oh. [cheering] RYAN: Two-handed. That’s the way we’re going. Two hands. Two hands. [inaudible] All right. No pressure, but if
you miss this shot, we’re doing the kitchen, too.
– All right. OK. I got that. [drum roll] [cheering] ANNOUNCER: “George
to the Rescue” is sponsored in part by 3M. For more information,
go to GEORGE OLIPHANT: All right. No pressure, but if
you miss this shot, we’re doing the kitchen, too.
RYAN: All right. OK.
I got that. [drum roll] [cheering] I guess the kitchen we’re doing. I guess we’re
doing the kitchen. RYAN: The kitchen
needs a lot of love. And if there’s anything I could
do to help the missus out, get her a beautiful kitchen,
I’m happy and proud to do it. Nailed it. Nailed it. Yeah. [music playing] KASEY: So we’re so happy to be
able to do a little bit more for Sherri and Laz. We want to see this space
light, bright, to help make the space feel a little larger. [music playing] RYAN: The guys have pretty
much taken down all the wall panels, taken down the ceiling. We’re just going to
clean it up for now. My stair guy came here. We’re going to get
her all new stairs, open it up, make it feel
safe to come down there. GEORGE OLIPHANT: We’ve
got Bernard and his team doing all the painting. So best way I can get ahead
for them is I can take my 3M ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape,
and I can just mask off things like this trim right here
because we’re going to have a little chalkboard wall here. [music playing] Super-sharp paint lines. This is looking awesome. I’m a huge fan of this
panel versus that wall that was here originally. The cabinets turned
out beautifully. Solid Fine Craft
did an amazing job. We were able to do these
two-tone cabinets, a little bit of gray and beige on
the bottom, and then the white upper cabinets. I think that makes
it really special. Smooth like your
baby’s bottom. Ladies, we have a lot going on. We’ve got Glen Rock Stairs here. They’re trying to
put in the railings. Stairs obviously
already look beautiful. And we got Mitchell
Gold Bob Williams trying to deliver the furniture. ALI: We have a sectional sofa
coming in for the basement. That’ll be in the playroom area. We have a desk for Laz. And they’ve also given us
a gorgeous kitchen set. GEORGE OLIPHANT: So you got
everything from the dining room to the playroom to the office. ALI: They were very generous.
KASEY: They’re very generous. You guys want help
putting this couch in? Have you got the door off? How you feeling? Ah, I’m loose. You guys got this? Bernard just
painted these walls. You guys are statues. Do we look stressed out? I’m like, that, George?
– You look a little– KASEY: Is that going to fit? I just want it to make it down.
MAN: It did. Look at– I’m like, please make
it down the stairs. It’s down the stairs.
It’s down the stairs. KASEY: Yep. All right. ALI: The couch is in fine now. We can accessorize it. We’re relieved. So we’re ready for
the rest of the pieces to come in and get
them all styled. It looks a little
bit different, huh? LAZZARO: Whoa. ANNOUNCER: Before you tackle
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you, go to [music playing] As I expected, Ryan from RTH
Builders totally crushed it. The house is perfect. The basement is
as cozy as can be. Now we’ve got to get
Casey and Allie here so we can get our design on. Wow. This is already so
much more lighting. Oh my gosh, this
is so much brighter. What’s the design plan? For the game area,
we’re calling it, we wanted to give them
an air hockey table because we heard that Talia
loves to play air hockey. GEORGE OLIPHANT: If
you lose grip of it, just let me know so I
know when I get sandwiched at the bottom of the stairs. [MUSIC PLAYING – “THE STAR
SPANGLED BANNER”] ELECTRONIC VOICE: 15 minutes. All right, 15 minutes. Game time. [music playing] ALI: This will be our TV
lounge area we’re envisioning, just a lot of
comfortable seating. And then we’ll decorate
the walls, do it up. In the back we have kind
of a surprise for Laz. Right there. Center it on the wall. This is insane
that there’s actually an office space for Laz now. Because before, I don’t
know if you guys remember, that it was just like–
ALI: Oh, we remember. GEORGE OLIPHANT:
–this, like, cleared area of, like, a
little bit of desktop just surrounded by
boxes and stuff. Laz’s office just
got a huge upgrade. Now he has a nice, clean,
bright workspace, plenty of room to put his computer. And we have a bright
light from Lamps Plus so he can work, and styled
it with some other work accessories.
GEORGE OLIPHANT: You know what? I love the postcards. Oh, thanks. Keep calm and call daddy. [music playing] 3, 2, 1. Your board should be
affixed to the wall. Great.
That’s amazing. Wow. Woo. Getting Talia down
into the basement is going to be no easy task. So I asked Nicholas and
Julianna what kind of advice they could give me. They said make him
inviting, soft, cozy. She loves the color red. Wow. I like this, ladies. It’s kind of jazzy. Now Talia– she can’t resist. Yep. There’s the arrow
saying, Talia, come down. Have some fun. Enjoy the basement. Come on down. [music playing] When we first started this
project, we had Talia in mind. But now we were really able to
give everyone in that family something a little special. This will be front and center. Look at that. ALI: We arranged
for the Degennaros to have a session
with our amazingly talented photographer
friend, Joni Schwartz. So she had the
family out and took some beautiful shots of them. so you’ll see them
throughout the house. I think after Sherri sees
the new kitchen and the dining room, this is probably
as close as the kids will actually get to being in
here, except for meal time. She’ll be like, you guys have a
whole basement to hang out in. This is my domain. RYAN: As RTH, we’re
always excited to give back to the community. And to help this family
out makes me feel good. ALI: We are so
lucky and thankful to George and the
Degennaro family for letting us
rescue their house. We can’t wait to
see what they think. GEORGE OLIPHANT: Welcome home. Holy crap. No. No way. No way. [music playing] What’s up, guys? Seeing George again
for Talia was was huge. SHERRI: Huge. LAZZARO: She just wanted to
run and give him a big hug. SHERRI: She was
chanting from the car. LAZZARO: Yeah. She was chanting walking down
the street, George, George. – Are you guys ready?
– Yeah. Completely.
GEORGE OLIPHANT: All right. Oh my gosh, she’s ready. Let’s go. Let’s do this. Welcome home. [gasps] Oh my god. What the– Oh my– Exactly, Talia. Exactly. [music playing] Holy crap. No. No way. No way. What? Is that an artichoke? I love artichokes. [music playing] LAZZARO: Walking
into the house– We’re never at
a loss for words. –seeing the kitchen
not look the way it used to, it was just, wow,
there’s no more yellow wall. And then it’s like, wait. The dining table is different. And wait, everything’s
different. This is un– this
is not our house. [inaudible] This is not. No way. Look at– No way. The kids’ reaction
to the new kitchen was just unbelievable, the best. I mean, they actually
cried over a kitchen. They’re really
appreciative kids. Sorry. They don’t take
anything for granted. I love it. LAZZARO: I can’t believe it. Oh, I love this. This is not– this is not real. SHERRI: I’m just
beyond thankful. I’m overwhelmed. We really came here because
your basement needed love. I mean, everyone knows that
your basement needed some love. Talia, you you don’t like the
basement that much, do you? – No.
– No. Well, do you like
the new kitchen? Yes. All right. Do you want to go down
and see that basement? Yeah.
GEORGE OLIPHANT: OK. Let’s go see that basement. Go, you got it. OK.
Ready? Yeah.
I’m ready. Let’s going down and
check out this basement. JULIANNA: Go ahead, Tal. Oh my god. Oh my god. No way. You’re doing it. To see my sister just run down
to see the new basement– she came down there with, like,
so much pride, knowing that she was able to do it. [inaudible] Oh my god. What is this? [music playing] JULIANNA: This is insane. Oh my god. LAZZARO: Whoa. Talia. SHERRI: I love it. [music playing] NICK: Oh my god. Oh my god. Look, Talia. Oh. I was just like, where are we? LAZZARO: Just the carpeting,
the handrails on both sides. That right there
was instant comfort, knowing that it’s safe already. Oh, look. LAZZARO: Where did all
this space come from? Where did all this
space come from? – Really.
– Dad, look. What? Wow. [music playing] SHERRI: Oh my god. Oh my god, I love it. I’m really happy
that my dad’s workspace is a good spot for him now. It’s not just a whole
bunch of papers and boxes surrounding him. He has a nice, open,
comfortable area where he can stay and work. I want to work down here. Hit it. LAZZARO: It’s already
impacted us positively because Talia loves it so much. That is the independence
that we want from her. That’s the self-confidence
we want for her. Switch your feet.
Switch your feet. You have two handles now. Go, girlfriend. [cheering] JULIANNA: It’s just
insane that she’s so happy and, like, that’s all– for a little sister,
to a big sister, like, that’s all I would ever want. LAZZARO: I don’t even
think the words “thank you” are enough, really. We do have a lot
to be thankful for. And this is just the
icing on the cake, really. Thank you. Thank you. TALIA: Bye, George. Bye. Peace. See you later. [music playing]


  • Eve B

    October 1, 2019

    Subscribed! Sorry I only found your channel now. Thank you for all that you do. 💕😍

  • juju Jewel

    October 3, 2019

    Wow was that family SO amazed & appreciative or what, never seen people so happy and excited, its good to see the boy also was loving it, as well as the girls, big sister doting on the little one showing her around then getting stunned by everything… its beautified for everyone to enjoy for sure. It was such an amazing job, though, wow its fantastic down there.
    I was going to say the best so far but I think that with most of them, until I see another really good or awesome one, but I really think this one was especially good, seemed like it suited them brilliantly.
    It might be the choice of designers, as most of the builders are pretty good but designers can vary a lot.

    I have to admit, I was dismayed for a sec at the planting of the screen though, thinking, oh dear, how about not having a TV in that space to take away & detract from quality time from family togetherness & activities, but then, maybe movies would be cool to watch there…family movie nights and stuff.
    ((Ooh yeah, a small snack bar would be good for that… just a thought for future Dream Home theatre room……ahhhh, someday….))

    I dont know if anyone else thought so but I thought the wall with the desk against it in the office space was way too plain, and I object!! Lol. Well I thought something stylish might be done to it, after seeing wallpaper being put up just beforehand, somewhere…else… But they had the desk already in place, and then they were putting up the cork board, which didn't really do that much to jazz it up… in my opinion.
    I felt it could have done with some wallpapering, possibly in a bold geometric print, or maybe a simple pattern in paint, (in a previous rescue, it was done in a kids space, but was covered up mostly by furniture anyway! Lolz) Some kind of geometric paint effect, was the first thought I had anyway.
    Or even just a nice coloured feature wall, something to go with the desk just something to brighten the room where the office is for the dad, since that's the wall he will be looking at most of the time he's in there, and to me it was a little drab.
    (It/he needed a floating shelf above it too, to take up less desk room, since it was quite narrow.)

    Really nice kitchen, even though small the cabinets being solid and quality made looked nice, nicer than the ones in the cooks home kitchen refit, which I saw right before, as far as cabinets. The adjoining dining room was a showpiece, the portraits of the kids are especially brilliant and a lovely touch there as elsewhere, they made them some beautiful memories to last forever


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