Keep KELOLAND Warm puts winter coats on many people in need in the area but sometimes it’s hard to find larger sizes.
That’s where Tami Francis with Dakota Jackets Etcetera comes in. The small business owner has been custom making big jackets for Keep KELOLAND Warm for two years now. This year, she donated six to the project. When one of her coats didn’t fit a client recently, she went back and even made adjustments for free.
“It was a 6X. For the bottom of a jacket, to be able to add 18 inches for movement, so it’s almost like a blanket. I don’t know the reason they wanted it that big, I just know they said she was in a wheelchair. It was added how they wanted. That was pretty cool,” Francis said.
Francis plans on continuing to create larger sized coats for Keep KELOLAND Warm in the future. She says the earlier the requests for custom coats come in through the project, the better.