Transplant Patient Gets New Home for Holiday

December 16, 2012 Updated Dec 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

By Allen Leight

December 16, 2012 Updated Dec 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM EDT

ELMA, NY (WKBW) - An Elma man came home to a big Christmas surprise Saturday to find his house completely renovated while he was in the hospital.

Norm Reformat began work on his home 3-years ago but had to stop after suffering kidney failure.

He recently went into the hospital and received a successful kidney and pancreas transplant. While he was away, a community of friends and family decided to finish the job.

About 70 volunteers spent thousands of hours to renovate the home from top to bottom in just four weeks to have it ready for Norm's return from the hospital.

"This house has new siding, new bathroom, new furniture...garage door," explains project coordinator Bill Marshall.

The project, dubbed "Operation Storm Norm" was organized by Christian Youth Corps, Inc. out from Machias, NY.

Norm was shocked at the results.

"This is just an example of what The Church is, caring for one another...and this isn't just about me, its about everyone and they will all get the blessing God has for them," he said.

To make a donation to help cover the costs of the project, or to see pictures, visit the CYC website here.