“Fixer Upper” Stars Chip and Joanna Gaines helped a 81-year-old rebuild her home that was damaged in the historic flooding that followed Hurricane Harvey more than two months ago.
Houston resident Doris Davis was moved to tears after 60 volunteers restored her home, telling KTRK that she would never have been able to on her own due to her limited mobility (she employs the use of a cane and wheelchair to help her get around.
Davis was rescued by her family as the hurricane bore down on the state of Texas, she said. She has lived in her home since 1999 and lost nearly all of her belongings in the flood.
The biggest item on her wish list was a big kennel for her beloved dogs, said ExxonMobil volunteer Bryan Milton.
I like this guy ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vTwXihyrrj
— Joanna Gaines (@joannagaines) October 29, 2017
The volunteers began gutting Davis’ home six weeks ago, but on Sunday they were joined by some extra star power.
Davis was in disbelief when she met Chip and Joanna Gaines in her driveway, hugging the philanthropic celebrities before they got to work on her home, which was ready by the weekend’s end.
“Honestly, our hearts go out, you know, to each and every family that’s been affected by this,” Chip Gaines said, adding that he wishes there were a “magic pill” to make everything go back to normal.
Joanna Gaines said she was happy to finally get out and help the community, while her husband said it will take “a lot of hard work” and “a lot of money” to rebuild the damage done by the monster storm.
— Joanna Gaines (@joannagaines) October 27, 2017
The married stars – who are from Waco, Texas — announced in last month that they decided to leave their hit HGTV show to “take a breath” and focus on family and their other businesses.