Kiefer Community Rallies To Help Local Dog Groomer Get Back To Work


Thursday, April 1st 2021, 9:48 pm
By: Grant Stephens


KIEFER, Oklahoma -

The Kiefer community came together Thursday night to give a local dog groomer a huge gift.

The community is giving her much more than a new grooming van; they’re giving back her independence and the ability to work again.

For the first time in a year Inez Forrest can go back to work.

"Well, I thank God for some kind people to help me out. I got some of them here, and I appreciate it, I really do," Forrest said.

The pandemic put her out of a job and then when she tried to go back to work, the transmission in her old grooming van blew.

Rachel Merton and her husband Ricky decided to do something about it.

"We're just excited to do it for her, she's a really generous lady, she's well known and loved in the community," Merton said.

The Mertons donated the bus and raised more than $7,000 to fill it with everything a groomer could need.

"We're just excited to do it for her, she's a really generous lady, she's well known and loved in the community," Rachel said.

After exploring every inch of her new office, Forrest had one thing on her mind.

"I'm ready to go," Forrest said. "I'm gonna be working. I start tomorrow morning, early."

Forrest serves many of the communities around the Tulsa area and said she can't wait to see some of her old customers again.