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Dec. 12, 2019

‘Tis the season for the State Attorney’s Office to spread a little extra holiday cheer.

Employees of the office again went above and beyond to support local families of those who have served with a Wounded Warrior Project holiday party. The office adopted a dozen veterans through the nonprofit and built baskets filled with clothes, sporting goods, electronics, gift cards, and more to say ‘thank you’ for their service.

“It was overwhelming to see the generosity of everyone in this office to support families who have sacrificed so much,” said State Attorney Melissa Nelson.

Angie Trimble, an Air Force veteran, said the gesture helps her and her husband, Mike, an Army veteran, provide more for her family. The two attended the party with their 17- and 7-year-old children.

The Trimble family.

“I appreciate everything everyone has done,” said Angie Trimble, an Air Force veteran. “We are just grateful.”

Lawrence Chandler, an Army veteran, and his wife, Michelle received a boost in a different way. Their van has been out of commission for a couple of months needing extensive transmission work. When an investigator found out about the dilemma, he made a couple of calls. Atkinson Towing offered a free tow to Pugh’s Transmissions. The van will be back on the road soon at no cost to the family of six.

“It’s been a true miracle,” said Chandler.

Army veteran Timothy Wall participated in the event in 2017 by himself. This year, he was able to bring his family — wife, Amanda; 14-year-old, DJ; 10-year-old, Sophia; and 8-month old, Primrose. Having them participate and interact with other families and people in the office was a great feeling, he said.

“You almost feel undeserving having strangers willing to go out their way to make us feel special,” he said.

To paralegal Laura Bottin the effort was well worth it. Along with supervisor Toni Binder-Glase, and investigator J.J. Thurne, Bottin helped organize the event that has become an annual celebration at the State Attorney’s Office.

“This is my Christmas,” said Bottin. “We all want to thank them for their service. We know the sacrifice they have made and continue to make.”

And, when the final baskets are delivered and the party is over?

“Honestly, I start thinking of next year,” said Bottin.

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