Relief rolls in for the “Extreme Home Makeover” family here thanks to Country Financial and State Farm.

According to a press release, the two companies are collaborating to collect food for the Montgomery family, who operate a food and clothing distribution center in Champaign. The Montgomerys were surprised Tuesday by Ty Pennington and crew with news that they were selected to have their home rebuilt and distribution center spruced up.

Nathan Montgomery was an engineer on his way to a management position when he first began helping the needy. Realizing he wanted to pursue charity work full time, Nathan launched Salt and Light, an organization that now feeds an average of 250 families per week.

Volunteers from Country and State Farm will begin rebuilding and restocking the Salt and Light distribution center Wednesday afternoon, but they need the public’s help to donate food. Drop off points for non-perishable food are at any Country or State Farm office in Champaign-Urbana.

A full shopping list of what will be helpful can be found at Donations will be accepted until Monday.

“It’s exciting to see the people of Central Illinois coming together to provide food for those in need, and to have two of our leading companies supporting the effort,” said Ed Brady, from Brady Homes the contractor for the Central Illinois “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” build. “This is the perfect opportunity to show the rest of the world how generous central Illinois can be.”

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