Last fall, KELOLAND News showed viewers a high-end home being built to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. On Thursday, the hard work paid off.
"We believe in giving back to the most important people and that's the children."
Rosewood homes delivered a big gift to the Children's Miracle Network. It was a check for $194,852.
"It's great; it's not every day that you can raise that much money. It's a really good feeling and it's going to a really good cause," Rosewood Homes Owner Larry Weissenburger said.
Weissenburger was quick to point out that he did not do it alone. More than 50 subcontractors and tradesmen donated time and materials to make it happen, and they did it all during the busiest time of the year.
"It was extremely busy. Everybody is having a hard time finding help just to get the jobs done that they already had, let alone donating their time. There's a lot of times that guys were there on weekends and evenings and it was just phenomenal to see how much extra work they would do," Weissenburger said.
The company spared no expense when it built the home for CMN. It features a playroom complete with its own doorbell, a state-of-the-art sound and security system and much more. The house sold in the fall Parade of Homes. The check for $194,852 was a portion of the profit, and was donated to CMN.
"This is not a typical day in the office that's for sure," CMN Program Director Amy Sumner said.
Sumner said the money will be put to good use.
"We buy lifesaving pieces of equipment for the Children's Hospital. We help with programs and services that rally around children and families when they are here at Sanford Children's," Sumner said.
Families including the Meeks. Five-year-old Jerzey Meeks has already had five major surgeries to repair problems with her heart.
"We had to travel to Minnesota and to Michigan and they helped us with travel and food and lodging and anything we would need help with and then once we were back here, it was friendship, somebody to talk to and get involved with other families through them," mother Liz Meeks said.
Jerzey is doing much better these days and is even looking forward to playing soccer this summer.
"Jerzey is doing awesome. We had our best doctor’s appointment ever. Things are moving forward the way we want them to and that's fun to say because we haven't always been able to say that," father Allen Meeks said.
Rosewood Homes is not done with its donation. The company plans to build a home for charity every other year. You can also help during the next Children's Miracle Network radiothon later this month.