By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – For the first time people across the nation were able to get a glimpse of the Brown family's new home with their story airing on Extreme Home Makeover Edition Sunday night.
Family and friends of the Browns gathered at Blue Light in Lubbock to watch the show on the big screen, bringing back painful memories of losing their daughter Alex to a texting and driving accident in 2009.
"I'm crying. It's hard to see all that. We miss Alex a lot but we have to save some lives; we have to keep some kids from texting and driving. They just need to know the truth about it and how deadly it is," cried Jeanne Brown, Alex's mother.
Back in November, Extreme Home Makeover chose the Browns to get a new home because of their dedication to sharing Alex's story to save lives. Since her death, Alex's mother Jeanne, father Johnny Mac, and little sister Katrina have traveled across Texas to speak to students about the dangers of texting and driving. In one year they've already reached out to more than 30,000 people.
"It's dangerous and deadly to text and drive. There's no way we could have gotten the message out like we have without all the help, and we're very grateful for that. I hope people listen," said Jeanne.
While the Browns have been living in their new home for about two months, Sunday they were able to watch for the first time how thousands of volunteers swarmed to Wellman to help make their dream come true.
"We were so excited to see what went on when we were gone and be able to put faces to the volunteers that worked on the house. It's been just such a blessing," said Jeanne. "I'm just amazed. I mean it's still hard to believe that's actually us on the screen."
"It hasn't really sunk in that we live there yet," said Johnny Mac. "For me I don't have to walk by Alex's room anymore. For a long time I would walk by and shut the door, but her friends came and packed up all her stuff. We didn't have to do it, and that was a big emotional burden off our family."
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