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Wish-Granting Nonprofit Opens For Fort Hood Families

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(KCEN) -- She may not have a magic wand, but the Fairy Godmother is coming to Fort Hood with a paint brush in hand.

Keri Byer is known as "Keri the Fairy Godmother," and she's transforming a downtown Killeen storefront into another location for her Austin-based nonprofit, the Fairy Godmother Boutique.

Once upon a time, Keri started the foundation to make sure every military wife and teen gets to go to the ball of her choice, no matter their budget.

"I never went to a prom. I never went to a homecoming," says Keri.

So for the past eight years, military women have come to her Leander location to rent head-to-toe formal looks for just $45.

That includes gowns, jewelry, purses, shoes and more.
 
Over the past three years or so, Keri noticed that about 60 percent of her clients were traveling down from Fort Hood.

"So there was a huge need for us to be here," she says.

The new store's manager Denise Igo of Killeen was once one of those modern day Cinderellas herself, making the trek to the Austin area to find that perfect outfit for the Army Ball.

"I tried on probably five dresses, and found the one that I loved," says Denise.

It's that moment that makes it all worth while to Keri.

"It's like winning the lottery," she says, "It's awesome for them to come out of the dressing room, and they're in their dress, and they're like, oh my gosh, look, and they look like a million bucks, and they feel like a million bucks. That's why we do what we do."

When Keri was 34-years old, she did finally get to go to prom when a local high school heard her story and invited her and her husband.

At full price, she says she spent about $700 dollars on the dress, shoes, and accessories, reminding her of the importance of lightening that burden for military families.

Still for some, $45 at the Fairy Godmother Boutique may be too much, so the foundation also collects donations for sponsorships.

More volunteers, dresses, shoes, jewelry and handbags are also needed to turn their pumpkin of a store into a carriage by the time it opens in June.

"That we're able to open a second location to help even thousands more women and girls is honestly a dream come true," Keri says with tears in her eyes.

There is no definitive opening day just yet, but it's expected to be sometime the first week of June.

The store will be located at 310 Avenue B in Killeen.

Learn More At:
http://www.austinfairygodmother.org/
https://www.facebook.com/forthoodfairygodmother

Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com
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