Kohler Engines, a manufacturer and marketer of gas and diesel engines for lawn and garden, commercial, construction and agriculture markets, recently donated three engines and a lawn tractor powered by a Kohler engine to the Gibbs family of West Union, Iowa. The family of six, including Audrey who is legally blind, is the focal point of one of the last episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, which aired Friday, Jan. 6.
“Kohler Co. has a long history of supporting the good works of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Justin Blount, director of marketing for Kohler Engines. “It is only fitting that Kohler Engines was able to aid the Gibbs family, whose children are also quite interested in engines and how they work.”
The three oldest sons — Josh, Nathan, and Thomas — are all engine enthusiasts so Kohler Engines donated a Kohler Courage XT, Kohler Command PRO single cylinder, and Kohler Courage V-twin engine for the boys to tinker with at their leisure. The family also received a Craftsman 54-inch garden tractor powered by a 26-hp Kohler Command PRO engine to mow their more than two acres of land.
The mother, Audrey Gibbs, is a widowed farm owner who has refused to let anything stop her from raising her six children, not even her blindness and her battle with a potentially fatal disease.
Seven months after her husband died, Audrey had a brain aneurism that affected a quarter of her brain and left her legally blind. The Gibbs family own and live on a farm that they rent portions of to local farmers for additional income.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, now in its 9th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. The show airs Fridays from 8-9 p.m., ET on ABC.
Together Kohler Engines and Lombardini represent a global engine concern manufacturing engines since the 1920s. Kohler Engines produces a wide range of gaseous, gasoline and diesel engines, from 4 to 74.3 hp, which are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the lawn and garden, commercial and industrial, agricultural and construction markets.