Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” stepped in to help renovate the home of an injured Waco, Texas, firefighter, according to KWTX-TV.
According to KWTX, Waco firefighter Garth Goodwin had a part-time job working on billboards. He was paralyzed from the chest down last month when he fell from a billboard’s platform. Goodwin’s accident occurred only hours after he worked on the rolling billboards the Gaines use to reveal homes after renovations on their show.
Goodwin was reportedly afraid he would be burden to his family after the accident. According to KWTX, the Goodwins’ only child, Cutter, 19, was born without a portion of his brain and “requires around-the-clock care.”
Waco firefighters teamed up with local contractor Wes Waller to make the Goodwin home handicap-accessible. Waco residents and businesses donated money and other resources needed to renovate the Goodwin home.
“The response has been overwhelming,” Waller said.
When the Gaines discovered that the firefighters and Waller still needed lumber for the renovation, they donated it.
“Chip and Joanna have offered to pick up the last big ticket item,” Waller said. “They’re going to pay for the cost of the lumber.”
Waller continued, “It’s just like that picture in the restaurant where you’re working to connect the dots. Chip and Joanna connected the dots for us.”
Waco firefighter Jay Jeffrey told KWTX “all of us at the Waco Fire Department are thankful for Chip and Joanna and everyone that has stepped up to help our friend and his family.”
“The positive impact they are making for Garth, Lisa and Cutter is immeasurable,” he said.
The Gaines are known for their beautiful home renovations and their warm personalities, as seen in the show’s outtakes: