(WAVY) Thieves stole three stand-up paddleboards from a backyard in Kill Devil Hills. But the loss is greater than the thousands of dollars they cost.
Children with autism and other special needs use the boards to build confidence in the water. The SUP boards belong to Kellie Maier, who started the nonprofit KelsKids .
"Within two days of him being in the pool with Kellie, not only was Dustin kicking, but he was able to put his arms up over his head," said Toni McCraw, who has a grandson in the program.
The kids take the swimming skills out in the ocean on standup paddle boards, and with Kellie by their side they stand tall with confidence.
"The first time I saw Dustin stand up and hold a paddle and actually push a paddle, it just makes you want to cry," said McCraw. "Because it's something you never ever thought they would do."
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