PLEASANT VIEW -- Christmas came early for Dave and Melanie Parker -- in the shape of a new home.
A collaboration of builders, Realtors, lending institution representatives and city officials, working in partnership with Have a Heart Home, were on hand Monday to present the Parker family with a custom-built, wheelchair-accessible home.
The three-bedroom, 1,462-square-foot home is at 3894 N. 1710 West in the Hidden Springs subdivision of Pleasant View.
The Parker family, with three young children -- the youngest Emylie Parker, 4, who uses a wheelchair because she was born with myelomeningocele spina bifida, Arnold-Chiari II malformation and hydrocephalus -- were chosen from a pool of applicants by the Have a Heart committee.
"I am having a real hard time figuring out the words," said an emotional Melanie Parker, trying to express her gratitude to those responsible for the gift.
"This is a collaboration on behalf of a lot of people," said Shawn Janke, president of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors.
It's the way the various organizations are able to give back to the community, Janke said.
Parker said she knew it would be difficult to find a home that would accommodate her daughter's needs.
"This home is a blessing and a dream for us," said Parker, who called Monday's gathering "humbling and surreal."
Husband Dave Parker said he can't get over the generosity and the collaboration of those organizations that worked to make his family's dream possible.
"We appreciate being part of this amazing event," said Pleasant View Mayor Douglas Clifford.
"We don't welcome every family to the community like this," Clifford said with a laugh before presenting the Parker family with a large ceremonial key to the home.
The family was also given some gifts by Santa Claus, who made a special appearance.
Have a Heart, now in its 12th year, is a service arm of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association. Over the 12 years, the organization has presented 20 refurbished or custom-built homes to low-income, military and special-needs families.
"This is a very special family," said Stuart Smith, owner of Mainline Construction of Layton, the contractor on the project.
Before knowing who would be living in the home, for which they broke ground in August, Smith said it impressed him that they would be making it wheelchair-accessible.
The home features a front-door ramp, wider hallways and doors, and hardwood floors and ceramic tile in the heavy traffic areas, he said.
"It is a wonderful feeling when you can help people like this," Smith said.
He said this is the fourth home he has helped build for the Have a Heart organization.