By David Stewart
The Knox County Detention Center’s visitation is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. More children than normal were in the lobby of the Center Saturday a good reason.
The Central Baptist Church of Corbin’s deacons, Jim Lacefield and Bernie Peters, were already on hand inside the jail with gifts in hand. Marvin Chadwell (one of Lacfields success stories of working with former inmates) was on hand to be the “Jolly Elf Helper.”
“Central Baptist has a loosely organized fund that we build up in order to purchase gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated,” said Lacefield. “This year 49 presents were bought and wrapped using this fund. I am a very busy person, but I still find time to work at the jail when they need me. I like being close to the inmates so that perhaps something I say or do might cause them to choose another path. Look at Marvin, for example. He is a great employee and is motivated to help the Lord any way possible.”
Lacefield went on, “The parents are in jail for doing wrong, but I have always felt that the kids had nothing to do with their parents’ bad choices. We just want them (kids) to know that they are loved and not forgotten. I want to point out that when the gifts are given, the kids are told they are from their parents and not from us. I think it means more to the kid that way.”