By Lyle Hillyard
Utah State Senator
Cache Valley Utah was very pleased this past week to host Extreme Makeover – Home addition
. The Pauni Family
was the target of a tremendous outpouring of love and attention. They immigrated to Utah from Tonga and the father died about two years ago leaving her with 9 children. She has been trying to make ends met by providing a Polynesian food catering service. They are just loved by their neighbors who nominated them for this honor. It was awe-inspiring to see the spirit of giving and service that has swept the City of Logan for the last week. Those of you who have built a home can appreciate this being done in less than seven days while they were away.
There were fund raising efforts everywhere to raise the money to build the new home and utilities and other needs for a year. I understand the students at USU raised $12,000. People came from all over the intermountain area to volunteer time and effort.
I was told that when this occurs in more populated areas, large businesses contribute money. In a small community like Cache Valley, it means a true sacrifice of people to give.
You can see the YouTube video on the Herald Journal site