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Discovery Channel launches "Rebuilding Alabama" project

Governor Bentley partners with Habitat for Humanity and Discovery Communications to build a new home for the Burchfield family of Pleasant Grove.  Pictured (L to R) are Jamie Burchfield, Shawn Burchfield, Jeremy Burchfield (6) and Sydney Burchfield (9). Governor Bentley partners with Habitat for Humanity and Discovery Communications to build a new home for the Burchfield family of Pleasant Grove. Pictured (L to R) are Jamie Burchfield, Shawn Burchfield, Jeremy Burchfield (6) and Sydney Burchfield (9).
Governor Bentley along with Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale work to frame the new house for the Burchfield Family. Governor Bentley along with Pleasant Grove Mayor Jerry Brasseale work to frame the new house for the Burchfield Family.
PLEASANT GROVE, AL (WSFA) -

The Burchfield's are one of many families in Alabama who lost their home in the April 27 tornado outbreak, but Thursday marked a special occasion for them. Construction began on the frame of their new home.

Governor Robert Bentley, along with the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers", the Duggar family of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet and Habitat for Humanity all teamed up for a project dubbed "Rebuilding Alabama."

"I am humbled to be a part of the process to rebuild the Burchfield family's home," Governor Bentley said. "This is just one of the many stories of hope and resilience that are present across Alabama."

Discovery Communications started the project as a way for local businesses and their employees to give back to their communities. Discovery's President and CEO, David Zaslav, said ‘Rebuilding Alabama' stems from his company's corporate responsibility to make a difference beyond broadcasting.

The project will continue for three days and will focus on tornado-affected areas of Pleasant Grove, Jasper and Center Point, communities near Birmingham.      

"Since its inception, Discovery has been dedicated to satisfying viewers' curiosity and making a difference through our on-air programming," Zaslav said, "but we also recognize that our potential for making a positive impact extends beyond the screen."

(PHOTOS COURTESY: Gov. Bentley's Press Office)  

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