Bob Wetmore doesn't usually get to watch crowds of cheering people lead his A&W Furniture delivery truck to the front doors of a home, but then, he doesn't often get to put his products on national television either.
Both are coming to be, thanks to ABC's reality program, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.''
Wetmore answered affirmatively when the show's producers called Oct. 1 and asked if he would donate furniture intended for a family in Hayward, east of Albert Lea.
Within a matter of hours, a team of designers from the show was at the store in Redwood Falls, and only days later the truck was on its way to Hayward.
"I've never seen a staff get so excited in all of my life,'' said Wetmore of his employees. Many of the workers volunteered their time and travel costs to make the nearly 2½-hour trip from the store in Redwood Falls to Hayward. They assisted as the home of Dirk and Susan DeVries and their three teenage children was refurbished from top to bottom.
The television show is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Viewers are likely to see a one- or two-second shot of the A&W Furniture truck as it arrives, and there will be a credit at show's end acknowledging the store's contribution.
Wetmore said he doesn't know exactly how A&W Furniture came to the attention of the show's producers. They did tell him that they wanted a rural store, and that they needed a store that offers a large selection of quality products.
With a Redwood Falls address and more than 100,000 square feet of display space, the store readily fit the bill. Wetmore said the show's designers and his store's staff worked until 2:30 a.m. one day to make the selections for the DeVries' home.
He said the show's designers were looking for country and modern ranch-style designs in the furniture and accents they chose.
Along with the excitement that came with being part of the show, Wetmore said that he and his wife and business partner, Ann Ahrens Wetmore, as well as staff members, all felt good about the opportunity to help the DeVries family. Dirk DeVries, 50, lost his arm in a farming accident and now works as a mechanic. His wife, Susan, 42, is a teacher in a Christian school and has a heart ailment.