Posted by Kerry on December 28, 2016
Thanks to our partnership with Citywide Home Loans, we had the opportunity to do a top-to-bottom makeover of the Tapia family’s home in West Jordan, Utah, just in time for Christmas. Jacklyn and Brandon Tapia have two very sweet daughters: Ava, who is five years old, and Emma who is twenty months old. Emma was born with a rare brain disorder called lissencephaly. Emma’s brain is smooth instead of having the traditional bumpy structure of the brain. The result is that Emma has seizures every day and she will not mature beyond the mental age of five or six months. Her body will grow, but her brain will not develop beyond that of a very young baby. She is on medication to help control the seizures and has a feeding tube. She can’t hold her head up so her family holds her or puts her in her “stander” which allows her body to be upright.
Jacklyn and Brandon juggle work schedules so that one of them is always with Emma. Jacklyn is a part-time kindergarten teacher and Brandon works graveyard shifts. Their goal is to create a normal life for both of their daughters. They juggle crazy schedules and heavy emotional and time-consuming caretaking. Through all of it, there are a ton of smiles. They talk about how lucky they are to have two sweet daughters and how blessed they are.
The Tapia home was selected out of the Channel 4 nominations. Ali Monson, a reporter for Good4Utah, followed the story which you can see here.
Together with Citywide Home Loans we hope we can make life a little bit easier and more comfortable for the Tapia family so they can enjoy all the great times their children bring into their lives.
Posted by Kerry on December 20, 2016
Today, December 20, 2016, and tomorrow, December 21, 2016, RC Willey will be awarding 4 lucky people an NES Classic game system. The NES Classic video game system is a modern version of the retro Nintendo Entertainment System we all fell in love with as kids. It comes with one controller and 30 preinstalled games including:
• Balloon Fight
• BUBBLE BOBBLE
• Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
• Donkey Kong
• Donkey Kong Jr.
• DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE
• Dr. Mario
• FINAL FANTASY
• GHOSTS‘N GOBLINS
• Ice Climber
• Kid Icarus
• Kirby’s Adventure
• Mario Bros.
• MEGA MAN 2
• NINJA GAIDEN
• Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
• SUPER C
• Super Mario Bros.
• Super Mario Bros. 2
• Super Mario Bros. 3
• Tecmo Bowl
• The Legend of Zelda
• Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
These have been sold out nationwide with some of them going for as much as $999 on eBay. If you want to be Santa of the Year, log on to our Facebook and Instagram and try your luck at winning one for you and a friend!
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
Posted by Kerry on December 16, 2016
I have had the opportunity to real world test the LG Puricare Air Purifier for about a month now and I don't want to give it back.
Salt Lake City is known for a lot of great things but one of our biggest issues each year is seasonal air pollution which we call the inversion. Since most of our population lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, it makes it hard for the daily pollution to sneak out of the soup bowl we live in during the winter. This has led many of us to look for indoor air pollution filters to give us peace of mind while we hunker down indoors waiting for the inversion to clear.
Last year I tried an indoor air purifier much like you see in hospital rooms. It was an obtrusive manilla box that looked like computers in the 90's. It didn't give you any assurance that anything was happening other than the fact that it was on and sounded like a fan. This was my main complaint. How do I know if it is working? How can it prove to me that the air is cleaner?
This is where LG has raised the bar. LG's solution is a simple Red/Orange/Yellow/Green indicator light. When the air is dirty in your room, the light will go to red and as the air is cleaned the color lightens until it is green. You can also see what type of particles the purifier is filtering (PM 1.0, 2.5, 10) since each city has it's own particulate issues.
Another thing to note about the LG PuriCare Air Purifier is it looks good. It's about the size of a smaller box fan but has a modern spun metal disk on the front. As someone who has had a box fan in his bedroom for longer than I care to admit, I vastly prefer the look of this device over the dorm-style LASKO fan that I shamefully hide when friends come over.
At the end of the day, a device like this just gives you peace of mind. Once it is setup and turned on, you just see this quiet device sitting in the corner with a happy green light and you think to yourself how great it is that you have clean air. Then 5 minutes later your wife starts blow drying her hair and the PM counter jumps from 8 to 245 and the light shines blood red and you find yourself so appalled that your air in your home could be so dirty from all the dust blowing around. But, about 20 minutes later, the light turns green again. Then your kid runs in and starts beating you with a pillow and the light goes up to yellow or even orange when you decide to pop her with a shot or two in an impromptu pillow fight. A few minutes later the light is green again. I became fascinated with this indicator light, knowing it was going to change from green to yellow as I shuffled into the room and just being happy that we were doing what we could to have the cleanest air in our home no matter what was going on outside. At least we could control that.
Posted by Kerry on December 6, 2016
We have successfully completed another Makeover from the Heart with Citywide Home Loans and KUTV CBS 2.
A family friend nominated the Robinson family from West Jordan for a home makeover. Last year, Jaren was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). He recently received chemotherapy and in August had a stem cell transplant. His immune system is compromised and he’s been in the hospital for over a month. He hopes to be able to recuperate at home very soon. However, their home needed some updates to make it healthy for him to recover. We created a home theater makeover to give the Robinson’s a nice place to enjoy family movie nights while Jaren recuperates. “The Robinson family is a very kind and loving family and an integral part of our community,” said the person who nominated them. “They are the first to lend a hand helping in any capacity. They are a very well-deserving family and are sure to pay it forward.”
We are thrilled with the relationship with have with Citywide Home Loans and KUTV Channel 2 and their willnessness to give back as we all go the extra mile. Also big thanks to our employees for putting in some serious hours after work to make this happen. Stay tuned for more updates as more makeovers are completed! Look below for some awesome before and afters!
Posted by Kerry on December 5, 2016
Please join us each Saturday in December before Christmas, from Noon-4PM, for free photos with Santa at your local RC Willey. We have a great setup where we can take your photo or you can use your own cameraphone as well! We will also have free hot dogs and drinks, and you will leave with a quality printed photo of you & Santa. Just another way to wrap up your holidays with RC Willey!