George to the Rescue Host Shares Inspiration to Help Families

Joanna Gagis sits down with George Oliphant, Host of NBC's "George to the Rescue," to learn about inspiration for creating the show and how he improves the lives of families in-need through home renovations.

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"Welcome to Life & Living. I'm Joanna Gagis. He's built his brand, coming to the rescue of families who suffer from illness, injury, and a host of other issues that really limit their quality of life. He's George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue. Welcome to the program, George. Thank you so much for having me. We're thrilled to have you. You're a Montclair guy, doing great things for people all across this country, aren't you? I'm trying, you know. A long time ago in college, I did a philosophy class and the teacher started off with Gandhi's "be the change you want to see in the world." I wrote it down in my binder, and I just try to follow that, you know. You make it sound so easy. I know it's not. We're going to get into the nitty-gritty in a bit. But before we do, just give us an overview. What is George to the rescue? Explain the premise. So the idea, a lot of times people think well, it's a home improvement show, I like to say that it's a human interest show with a home improvement angle. We come and help out families who have different, different sorts of issues. Sometimes it's a kid that's sick. Sometimes it's a disability, somebody's passed away. Who knows what it is. A lot of times we like to help people who help others. Firefighters, teachers, nurses, police officers, military personnel. And we just want to be able to do something for them that they wouldn't be able to do themselves. Their plates are full of all different kinds of things, and we're going to try and take that home improvement part off of their plate. Can we take a look at some clips of you, first of all, doing a major demo here, right? Fun part of the job? I'll tell you, demo is my favorite part, you know? Because you're either going to get your hands dirty and have fun, and it's the beginning of the whole change. Let's take a look at George demoing some trees. No more maintenance. No more maintenance. So that first clip, we got to see you doing some demos, and then we see the family impact and we see those reactions. You know, we'll get into it a little bit more, but when you see a family whose just impacted emotionally by what you've done. What does that do for you? It's an amazing feeling. I mean, I wish you could bottle it. Sometimes I describe it as, I get to win twelve superbowls a year, you know. That's the twelve episodes that you tape. Every episode. There are twelve episodes a..."