More surprises for the Brown family in Wellman, Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

A new home from Extreme Makeover:Home Edition wasn't the only surprise the Brown family received

By Michael Slother - email

WELLMAN, TX (KCBD) - A day after the Brown family saw their brand new house revealed in Wellman, support from the community keeps rolling in. Tuesday afternoon they were surprised with additional gifts that will help them spread Alex's message.

Katrina was awarded a 4 year scholarship from Lubbock Christian University. Right now she's thinking about theatre, but since she's just 12, she'll have a few years to decide. "I know how expensive college is and I know how expensive it's going to be when I get there," Katrina said.

The gifts kept on coming. The Steuart family from Levelland volunteered free oil changes for life to help the Brown's spread their message to not text and drive with Alex's wrecked truck. 

Those oil changes will come in handy because Jeanne says she has big plans for their campaign. "We're going to start working on New Mexico because they don't have legislation yet about texting and driving," Jeanne said. 

Even though Alex died from an accident while texting and driving, Sprint came to give the family phones to use on the road while they spread the message and internet for the new house. 

"Christmas came early to the Brown house this year, we've been very blessed," said Jeanne. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Brown's say they are beyond thankful. "I think she [Alex] would have been very proud of the community for coming together," Katrina said. 

"When Alex died we got all the community support and a year later they're all still here supporting us and loving us and encouraging us," Jeanne said.

The family was being walked through their home to learn the ins and outs of their new place. Things should return to normal on their street tomorrow as the rest of the production crew leaves town. The Browns will sleep in their new home for the first time Tuesday night.

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