Baxter National Helps Aid Selfless Family
The Hurston family has always believed in “giving back”. Joe’s piloting skills and Cindy’s nursing skills have helped others during twenty-five years of international relief work. They have instilled in their children the joy and reward of helping others in the local, national and global communities. As a result, the Hurston family truly works together, sacrificing personal time, comfort and safety, to lend a helping hand to local, national and global communities in numerous charitable missions. Juliet, their oldest daughter, rallies her friends to get involved in many of the community projects she spearheads as well.
Their passion is to “provide clean water to a thirsty world.” To support that effort, the Hurston’s established “AirMobile Disaster Relief,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit business. Through donations, they manufacture the “Voyager,” a portable water purifier. To support their family, Joe has a toner cartridge refilling company, and Cindy has a small café.
The Hurston’s recognize the importance of clean water for healthy and successful survival of a culture. A mission dear to their heart is the delivery and installation of water purification devices to disaster-ravaged parts of the world. To date, the Hurston’s have delivered and installed approximately 660 water purification devices in 38 countries, literally saving thousands of lives.
The Hurston’s also use their resources to transport rescue personnel, supplies and administer life-saving aid in U. S. disasters as well. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Joe found himself in the bittersweet position of providing aid to his hometown, New Orleans. Embodying the phrase “Service with a smile,” the Hurston’s have taken in individuals who are in need in their own community — people who are down on their luck and people in recovery from drugs or alcohol. Every Sunday, the family visits an inpatient psychiatric hospital, helping to encourage teens struggling with various issues.
Unfortunately, while the Hurston family was on a charitable relief effort, a pipe burst in an upstairs bathroom, destroying much of their home and personal belongings due to the extensive, undetected flooding. With little money from the insurance company to repair water damage, the Hurston’s had been essentially homeless for over a year. Despite this misfortune, the Hurston’s continued to have a strong desire to help others.
Putting their needs aside, the family continues to help others while they are in desperate need of repairs to their own home and their donated disaster-relief plane.
The Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crew, along with thousands of volunteers from within the Space Coast community and beyond, decided to launch a mission: giving back to the family that’s given so much.
Baxter National assisted by providing drying and cleaning services, including dehumidification and round-the-clock monitoring and lab or, to expedite the drying of the drywall, primer, and paint in the interior and exterior of the home. DKI is the exclusive dry down and cleaning vendor for Season 8 of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Founded in 1974, DKI assists insurance carriers, commercial and residential clients with restoring properties damaged by fire, water, wind and mold. The project was completed the week of January 10 in Melbourne, FL.
The Emmy award winning reality program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, is now entering its 8th season. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.