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Just call it Extreme Makeover: Life Edition.
Alicia Keys helped surprise a deserving “hometown hero” in Los Angeles last month with a full home makeover. Cameras were rolling as the singer teamed up with Amazon for the floor-to-ceiling transformation, which was done to surprise Susanna, a special education teacher in LA who lost five family members to Covid during the pandemic last year. Despite her loss, Amazon says Susanna continued to work around the clock to teach and support her Autistic students, while supporting parents, school staff and her family of four.
Keys first surprised Susanna over video, to let her know about the home makeover. The singer then surprised the teacher in person, to give her a tour of her newly-renovated space. Keys says she wanted to help Susanna transform her home into a space for comfort and relaxation — especially in light of the difficult year that she has had.
“As a mom of two, creating spaces where I can comfortably spend time with my family is important,” adds Keys. “Whether it’s gathering in the kitchen for our favorite meal or just chillin’ in the living room, Susanna and I both agree there’s nothing better than quality time with the people you love.”
Amazon chipped in on the project with brand new furniture and decor for Susanna’s living room, dining room and bedroom. Amazon also brought in new tile and countertops for Susanna’s kitchen, along with popular kitchen gadgets from Instant Pot, Calphalon and Ninja. The backyard, which was at the top of Susanna’s priority list, was made over to include a new garden, gazebo, firepit, and an in-ground trampoline. Sharing Susanna’s love of entertaining, Keys worked with Amazon to create an outdoor seating and a dining area too.
In a press release, Amazon says it’s happy “Amazon Home was able to transform Susanna’s home into a warm, welcoming space her family has always wished for.”
“Teachers have really been there for us all during this past year,” Keys adds. “Susanna is a true rockstar and I’m so grateful to have met her and had the opportunity to surprise her with the home makeover that she and her family always wished for.”
In honor of Susanna and her family, Amazon will make donations to Keep a Child Alive, Your Mom Cares, Breathe with Me Revolution and Until Freedom. You can see all of the products used in the home makeover on Amazon.com. Keys has also teamed up with Amazon to curate her favorite home items via her “Alicia’s Must-Haves” store. See all of her picks here.