Beginning today, more than 300 volunteers will officially begin a home improvement project for a Tully family. Syracuse firefighters and other volunteers are helping retired Deputy Fire Chief Dave Johnson and his family get a home makeover. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Dave Johnson and his wife, Diana, have raised 29 children over the years in their Route 80 home. Three are their biological kids, 14 were adopted, and they've fostered 12. Dave Johnson, a former Syracuse firefighter, is dealing with his own health issues, so this is an opportunity for members of the Syracuse Fire Department, past and present, to give back.
The Johnson home is in need of extensive repairs and modifications to meet the medical and space needs of the family.
Donations, supplies, and labor are being provided by more than 150 businesses. Crews will work around the clock for three weeks beginning at 7 a.m. Monday to add a new foyer, electrical units, windows, and a roof.
Former firefighter Scott McClurg is leading his construction company to do a lot of the work.
"They've spent their time and money on their kids. They haven't spent their time and money on their house. And, what we want to do is, the money and time that they couldn't spend on the house, we're going to do for them. So, that they'll have a house that will be safe,” said Scott McClurg, McClurg Construction President.
In total, about $200,000 of work will be put into this home makeover project. The Johnson family is staying at a temporary location and the goal is to allow them to move back in three weeks.
About 55 workers will begin work Monday morning, and McClurg said different shifts have been assigned for the next three weeks.
If you'd like to learn more about this project, or how you can donate, just visit www.johnsonfamilyhomeproject.com or www.facebook.com/JohnsonFamilyHomeProject.