Sparrow Clubs’ Expanding Across Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — An organization with the goal of empowering children to help local kids in need is expanding in Oregon. Sparrow Clubs’ Southern Oregon Regional Director is taking on a new responsibility. Matt Sampson will now be the Oregon Director, helping the organization “take flight” throughout the state. “We now have the opportunity to … Continue reading »

St. Mary’s Students Help Sparrow

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students at Saint Mary’s School are accepting the challenge to do hundreds of community service hours to help raise money for 3-month-old Bauer White. Bauer is the first Sparrow child of this school year. Doctors say Bauer was born with a rare heart defect. Bauer has holes in his heart that keep … Continue reading »

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in Southern Oregon

In early September 2011, a Medford family who had done so much for the community got the makeover of a lifetime. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition came to Southern Oregon to give a home makeover to the McPhail Family, who live near Medford. The McPhails were recommended to the TV show by a close friend, … Continue reading »

Extreme Makeover: Designing The New House

By Kaylin Krashesky & KDRV Staff GRANTS PASS, Ore. — While the McPhails were content to live in their old house, they were ecstatic to live in the new home planned for them by the Makeover team. The majority of what fills the inside of the McPhails’ new home is from Gates Furnishings in Grants … Continue reading »

Extreme Makeover: The Volunteer Experience

By Yessenia Anderson & KDRV Staff MEDFORD, Ore. — The McPhails gratitude stems from thousand and thousand of hours of generosity. A few of the volunteers that NewsWatch 12 spoke to say despite all the hard work, they would do it all over again. Different volunteers listed a number of different reasons to sign up … Continue reading »

Extreme Makeover: The McPhails On Autism

By Erin Maxson & KDRV Staff MEDFORD, Ore. — Two of the McPhail boys, Sawyer and Thatcher, were diagnosed with autism. The Southern Oregon episode of “Extreme Makeover” will reveal the tools designers were able to incorporate to help the children. The McPhails now have some top of the line equipment, which will help their … Continue reading »

Extreme Makeover: Submitting The McPhails

By Brian Morton & KDRV Staff MEDFORD, Ore. — The McPhail family was thrust into the spotlight in early September. Before anyone knew Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was coming to the Rogue Valley, someone had to submit the McPhails. That someone was one of their closest friends. Matt Sampson noticed an unusual email in his … Continue reading »