Kellie Pickler, Sammy Kershaw: Careers Building Homes

Aug. 7, 2009 — Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. The security of a good home is often at the heart of a successful country song, and that makes the home-building efforts of Kellie Pickler, Sammy Kershaw and Jimmy Dean completely understandable.

Kellie’s contributed her talents to the ABC renovation series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," Sammy is helping build a Habitat For Humanity project and Jimmy Dean is still living on his property while a new house is built after a fire destroyed his old one four months ago.

Country’s current contributions to resurrecting the housing industry:
• Kellie performed three songs Wednesday at the Beavercreek, Ohio, home of the Terpenning family, which was out of town while the "Extreme Makeover" crew rebuilt its house. Kellie met the Terpennings — who have two family members with cerebral palsy, according to The Springfield News-Sun — before they went to Disney World. Then she helped in the construction. "This is the most incredible thing I’ve ever been a part of," she said during her performance. The installment is expected to air this fall.
• Sammy takes part Friday in a Habitat For Humanity build in Cambridge, Ohio, where he’s slated to play. Sammy is building a "Kershaw Kabin" mini-barn, The Zanesville Times Recorder reported. Wood for the structure is being donated by Lowe’s, and local volunteers will continue working on the project throughout the weekend.
• Much of Jimmy Dean’s Virginia home was destroyed in April during a blaze that took firefighters eight hours to extinguish. Jimmy and his wife, Donna Meade Dean, are living in another house on the property while the main house is being rebuilt, the Associated Press reported. The couple was at home when the fire, sparked by outdated wiring, broke out. They saved some of their possessions, including Jimmy’s Grammy award for "Big Bad John." Thus far, their insurance company has coughed up approximately $2 million for the new structure, which will likely be completed in early 2010.

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