KAYSVILLE -- Christy Schell sat in her living room, amazed at the work taking place outside. Nearly 30 people showed up to give her home a facelift and to spruce up her yard on the first evening of the volunteer effort.
And more volunteers came the next evening.
"Isn't this miraculous?" Schell said of the volunteers placing ladders and wielding paint rollers and brushes.
"When they said they had chosen my house, I started crying," Schell said. "I had an accident 10 years ago and it is hard to walk around."
Schell loves the Virginia Street neighborhood where she has lived for 20 years.
"It is the most wonderful neighborhood, I feel very fortunate to live here," she added.
It was Zions Bank employees and their families scraping old paint and putting on new and cleaning her home and yard. Scott Heusser who headed the project.
Schell said she came home one day to find Heusser looking at her home and was surprised to find he wanted to help her.
Zions Bank has been painting and fixing up the outside of homes for 22 years, said Jared Geisler who headed the project in Davis County last year.
Employees include their spouses and children in the projects. Heusser had his two children there, helping with the painting.
The small home was once gray and is now a cheerful white with a black door. Custom black shutters, made and donated by Burbidge Brothers Construction, will soon be in place. A new black mailbox, house numbers and house light will all be part of the home's new look. And a colorful flower planter will brighten the doorstep.
Schell is a caregiver. She has the company of her autistic grandson she cares for during the summers and she took care of her mother for 18 years.
"I think they chose a very good color," said Schell of her freshly painted white home. Scott's wife is very artistic, she chose the colors."
Schell attended Davis High School just down the street from where she now lives.
"I went to Davis High and our botany teacher would have us walk down this street to look at the trees. We would sit right here. I never dreamed I would end up owning it," Schell said of her home.
Local businesses donated food to feed the volunteers the three days they worked on the home.
Zions Bank Paint-a-thon is an annual event and volunteers work on homes throughout the state, all beginning on the same day.
"I have been very blessed in my life. There are people in need who can't do the work themselves or don't have the money to do it. It warms my heart to know I can give. They are very deserving of it," said volunteer Laura Hatch.
Pam Black's five children were at the house, the older ones painting while young twins sat in a stroller.
"It is heartwarming," Black said, adding she likes bringing her kids out to help.
Hatch added that kids don't get a lot of opportunity to work now days.
"This teaches them (kids) service. It is a perfect project," Hatch said.
And Heusser said, "It's fun to do things for people who appreciate it and need it."