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Three deserving groups of Long Islanders were rewarded for their selflessness with home renovations on the October episodes of NBC’s George to the Rescue.

This month, the show will highlight the Schmidt family, of Greenlawn; Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, of Lake Grove; and the Callahan family, of West Hempstead. In its 12th season, George to the Rescue stars George Oliphant, who visits people making a difference in their area and treats them to a makeover of a room or workspace important to them, helping to transform their lives. The do-gooders featured on the show also typically demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity.

“It was an honor to work with these close-knit families and amazing non-profits throughout this season of change,” Oliphant said. “It is humbling to see neighbors coming together to help other neighbors, especially when many don’t know each other but want to make their communities a better place. That’s what George to the Rescue is all about.”

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George to the Rescue renovated a part of Camp Anchor in Lido Beach in a September episode. There are three more episodes on Long Island coming up in October. (Courtesy NBCUniversal)

On the Oct. 9 episode, Oliphant and his team renovate a home for the Schmidts, a set of parents in Greenlawn dedicated to fighting childhood cancer. On Oct. 23, Oliphant surprises an advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and her organization, Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, in Lake Grove. And on Oct. 30, Oliphant visits a West Hempstead man who is nonverbal and has made significant communicative strides through rapid prompting method (RPM) therapy. 

The fall premiere of Season 12 aired on Sept. 18 with an episode featuring Lido Beach’s Camp Anchor, the popular Town of Hempstead summer camp that supports young people with special needs.

“George’s leadership and collaborative approach brought so many communities together during the continued challenges of Covid – and did so safely under these truly extraordinary circumstances,” said Marni Sabia, vice president of Lifestyle Production for LXTV, an NBCUniversal-owned production company. “We look forward to sharing these life-changing renovations and inspiring stories with our viewers.”

New episodes of George to the Rescue air on WNBC/4 Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Episodes are also on YouTube via the George To The Rescue channel, on Facebook at facebook.com/georgetotherescue, and Twitter at @George2Rescue and @GeorgeOliphant.

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