CANAAN TOWNSHIP — Rain didn’t stop a construction crew in Wayne County from working on a special project.
The community in the Waymart area came together to build a handicap-accessible addition to Brody Park’s house. The project will be life-changing for the 5-year-old boy.
Brody Park has an infectious smile. One look into his eyes and you can see past his limitations. So maybe it’s that grin that convinced hundreds to pitch in, and workers to stand out in the rain to build Brody a new bedroom.
“(I) threw it out there, can’t say I had an exact plan when I started, but everyone pitched in and said ‘let’s make this happen’ and the response has been incredible,” said Courtney Krajkovich.
The Park’s family friend Courtney Krajkovich started asking for help on Facebook since she knew the layout of the Park’s house near Waymart wasn’t accessible for Brody anymore.
Brody has a genetic disorder similar to cerebral palsy that affects his growth, movement, and speech.
In just a few weeks, volunteers had enough donated money to get started, a crew willing to work for free, and tons of donated materials all coordinated by Brody’s closest friends.
“You can’t imagine! We have been on the road constantly the two of us, and if we haven’t been on the road we’ve been on the telephone,” Kathy Merring said.
All week while Brody’s been at school, a construction crew has been there laying a foundation and putting up a frame. They hope to have it ready for him by July.
“He can pick out his own school clothes, because there will be a place to be. There’s no room in the room he’s in now. It’s just going to give him so much more independence and I’m so excited for that,” said Brody’s mom Rebecca Park.
Rebecca says they have been saving for years to build Brody a first floor room, so to watch it come together so quickly with the community’s help is overwhelming. Rebecca’s friends have reached out to countless national charities for help in the past when all the help they really needed was right here.
“I keep telling people, I think I’m getting more out of this, and I think every volunteer is getting more out of this than even the family is at times, because it’s just an incredible feeling,” Krajkovich added.
“It really makes you renew your faith in people, and I’m so happy that I live here, that I’ve been made a part of this. You don’t realize the generosity of people,” Merring said.
To all those people who donated their money, materials, or time, Brody says thanks. His parents are hoping to have him moved in by the time he starts kindergarten in the fall.