Mini ‘extreme make-overs’ intended to bring some joy

A local woman is hoping to bring joy to people by doing her own Extreme Home Makeover, the mini version.

A local woman is hoping to bring joy to people by doing her own Extreme Home Makeover, the mini version.

Brenda Smith, an artist and decorative painter in Red Deer, has started the Running on Miracles project.

She is hoping to use her talents, combined with that of other local volunteers, to give somebody deserving a special gift.

“I wanted to do something to give back to my community,” said Smith.

“I feel I have the talents and connections in the design and building industry that I can make a difference by making someone’s life a little brighter.”

Smith is hoping to start on the first project at the end of April and has received a few nominations for people to help.

Smith said the people she would like to help are in need of a comfortable and enjoyable place to be when other things in their life may be difficult.

Her plan is to renovate one room in a nominee’s home by using paint and other decorative techniques to help make that person feel better.

If the first project is successful, she would love to continue on and hopefully do six per year.

Smith needs help with the projects and is looking for support from people and businesses. She is hoping to get volunteer support where people would not mind giving up a day or weekend to help make over the room. She is also hoping businesses will help by donating goods that could help with the renovations.

Smith has created a blog in hopes of creating more awareness about her project, at More information is also available by contacting her at 403-341-5991 or by email at

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