NORMAL, Ill. — A central Illinois man gave his leg serving overseas, and in effort to pay him respect, the Normal community is giving back in a big way.
Corporal Colt Stovall from the United State’s Marine Corps survived an IED explosion while serving in Iraq. He spent the last three months undergoing surgeries at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.
While there, a community member took it upon herself to give colt a welcoming back gift that neither he nor his family expected.
“I started thinking a few days ago, they don’t have time to cook,” said Angie Britch, Marine wife and friend. “I said to myself, let’s see how our community can come together and help this wonderful family.”
While at Walter Reed Corporal Colt Stovall’s leg was removed, and he was given a prosthesis.
To welcome him home, Angie Britch collected gift cards, food and services from generous community members.
“As a marine family, we came together to help renovate their house to make it accessible for them,” said Britch.
She and several area Marines re-did the Stovall’s kitchen, living room and outside patio area, just in time for his return.
“I feel extremely blessed,” said Corporal Stovall. “This is amazing, a majority of the people I don’t even know. It’s just amazing how they have come together to help us.”
While hospitalized, Colt’s wife Tracie said he wasn’t sure how he’d get around his home. He didn’t want to inconvenience anyone around the house by asking to help move around.
But the volunteers took care of that by widening doorways, building a ramp that connects to his front door and removing carpet to replace with wood finish.
“Just the outpouring of love for someone they have never met, I’m impressed that there are people in the world with hearts that big,” said Tracie Stovall, Colt’s wife.
Colt says he’s already thinking about giving back to those who’ve helped him.
If you’re looking to help out the Stovall family all you have to do is contact Angie Britch through her Facebook page.