|Published:||Dec 25, 2013 8:28 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 26, 2013 3:48 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "I can't explain the feelings."
Christmas for the Ismalova family is a day they say they'll never forget.
"It's a real dream," said Maya Ismalova.
Habitat for Humanity in Collier County picked them for a brand new home. It's the first time the chapter has ever built inside the Naples city limits. It took 8 weeks to finish. Christmas Eve was the Ismalova's first night in the home.
"Now we don't have to share our bedrooms anymore."
And the house came stocked with Christmas presents. They don't know who delivered them.
"I think they're pretending to be Santa," said Beck Ismalova.
The family moved to the United States in 2011. They won their visas through a green car lottery between their home country of Uzbekistan and the U.S.
"We were shocked and a little afraid new life, it was first time. It was very hard."
In Asia, they were lawyers. But in Naples, they were forced to start over, working in the service industry.
"We came for kids, for our future, because for kids here is perfect for education, many opportunities for their development and baby was born here."
And with this new home they plan on never leaving.
"Whole life! We love here so I'm sure all my life."
To be eligible for a Habitat for Humanity home, families must make a one-thousand dollar down payment and spend 500 hours building and upgrading their home. Those families are chosen based on their ability to repay a no-interest loan.