The Crow Wing County Jail Ministry Committee and Lakes Area Chaplaincy program would like to thank the cooks in the main jail, Nelson Trucking, Ms. Hemstad's 2nd Graders at Baxter Elementary School, and Lord of Life Lutheran Church for their outstanding contributions of gifts, time and talent over the holidays.
Being incarcerated over the holidays is depressing, and many inmates would rather just skip over Christmas. To help spread holiday cheer Jail
Ministry organizes annual parties for the Jail, Annex, and Juvenile Detention Center. We play Christmas carols, read the Christmas story, and enjoy special baked good made by the kitchen staff at the jail. We also distribute gifts to be given to the children of inmates. This year we experienced a plethora of presents. As a memorial to their son Andy Nelson, Tony and Karen Nelson of Nelson
Trucking gave over $2,000 in gifts and toys. Ms. Hemstad's class voted to donate presents to children who would not see a parent over Christmas, rather than have a gift exchange in school. Their gifts
included hand written letters. Lord of Life organized their 6th Annual Sharing Tree, gathering gifts for children whose parents are in jail.
Please know that your generosity was greatly appreciated by many from all walks of life. Together we really can make a
difference. Thank you and God Bless!
TyAnne Guida Rezac
Jail Ministry Committee
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