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MONROE — Nicki Eyler’s JAYDE Project aims to bring change and hope from a tragic death.

Eyler, secretary and past director of the Child Advocacy Network Council of Monroe County, recently unveiled the project to a capacity crowd at the United Way of Monroe and Lenawee counties.

JAYDE is an acronym for Junction for Abused, Young, Defenseless Eyes, but Jayde also was a child. Jayde was just a toddler in Alcona County when she died in 2022 as a result of severe abuse and neglect.

Eyler’s friends became foster parents to Jayde’s two sisters, who now live in Monroe County. Jayde’s sisters were the first beneficiaries of the JAYDE Project.

Eyler has been working on the project since the summer of 2022. It has two goals: Provide a duffel bag of comfort items to children who are removed from unsafe homes and educate adults about abuse and neglect.

“This project is my whole heart,” said Eyler, a mom of three and the marketing and outreach specialist for Monroe County Opportunity Program and The Opportunity Center at the Arthur Lesow Community Center. “It was put together with all of the love and thought that every child deserves. I am so proud of this.”

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