Metamora Mom Expanding Kyler Koats Project

Published 09/19 2013 02:46PM

Updated 09/19 2013 11:09PM

PEORIA – We first told you about the Kyler Koats project last year. Now, its creator is expanding the project in order to serve more people in need.

Alecia Marshall of Metamora lost her son Kyler when he was four years old.

He was born with a severely under-developed brain, causing him to have many special needs.

One thing that really helped her son was a homemade, poncho-style coat. Marshall said Kyler could easily keep warm, and slip it on without struggling to get his arms through a store-bought coat.

Marshall is now making coats for more than kids; she’s started reaching out to adults who can benefit from them, too. She said, “I was there and I know how hard it is to have a disabled family member who you love very much, and I know how difficult it is. So it's my way of giving back because I received help when I needed it and I want to be that light for somebody else, too.”

Marshall sews all of the coats herself, with the help from a few volunteers. You can help her purchase more supplies by donating to the Kyler Koats project. Your donations pay for the cost of materials and shipping.

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