After Hurricane Katrina, 78-year-old Marion was living in the Superdome with nowhere to go and nowhere to turn. And, she says, after giving her life savings to Century Services, she had no hope of ever returning to her beloved home.
So, Dr. Phil teamed up with DIY Network, their home improvement show, DIY to the Rescue, and Paul Davis Restoration to give
“When I walk in this house, I feel like if I’m some kind of queen or princess and that I’m special,”
Dr. Phil turns and asks
“I’m still pinching myself!” she answers.
Dr. Phil welcomes Dean Thompson from Boyles Furniture, who joins the show via satellite from
“Tell us what you’re doing at Julie and Robert’s home,” Dr. Phil says.
“We heard that Julie and Robert had lost everything and that they were living with borrowed furniture. So, when they headed to
Dean mentions that 83-year-old Lenny also has a surprise waiting for him. His house has been fully furnished by Boyles. Lenny can’t believe the photos of his home. He says, “That’s my house?”
“So, Lenny, what do you think?” Dr. Phil asks.
Lenny replies, “I don’t believe it. I’m another one who needs to be pinched. Somebody, wake me up!”
Dr. Phil has more surprises in store. LowerMyBills.com, along with two sister companies â€” FreeCreditReport.com and PriceGrabber.com â€” put together a lump sum of $50,000 which will be divided among the group. They are all thrilled with their turn of fortune.
Dr. Phil speaks directly to 74-year-old
Dr. Phil presents her with two round-trip tickets to
Finally, Dr. Phil calls Julie to the stage. Julie and her family did not receive a FEMA trailer for five months, and would’ve been homeless during that time, had it not been for the kindness of strangers.
“Somebody we’ve never met or anything donated this trailer to us from
Dr. Phil asks her what she would say to those people face-to-face if she had the chance. She replies, “What could you say to somebody like that? That’s the greatest thing in the world.”
Julie turns around to face Mike and his wife, the owners of the trailer. They all tearfully embrace.