For the children of incarcerated parents, the holidays are stressful enough without Mom or Dad.
That’s why a new program at the Jackson County Detention Center is helping provide Christmas gifts for kids whose mothers are in jail.
“The children of the people incarcerated here, it’s not their fault,” Rev. Gene Purtle, the detention center chaplain, says. “A stigma is often attached to them because of whatever the situation is, and I think it’s awesome that we can show them as jailers and people like myself that are part of the church that we care about them.”