December 25, 2018 07:56 AM
One Rosemount family faced with tragedy earlier this year received a big surprise thanks to the folks at Best Christmas Ever.
Jared Lazer died on Father's Day weekend when a pickup truck went through a stop sign and crashed into his family's car. His wife, Jillayne, and three small children survived. This is the first Christmas Peyton, Audrey and Parker are without their dad.
Best Christmas Ever is a nonprofit with a mission as simple as its name. The goal is to lift up the spirits of families who need it the most.
"We don't know what they go through on a daily basis and their struggles and their grief, so just letting them know there is a community here to help them anytime they need it. We are always here to help," said Jessica Lozano with Best Christmas Ever.
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This Christmas Eve, the Lazer family was nominated by a neighbor to receive a "Christmas Drop."
Dozens of presents and other donations were delivered to their home. First responders who were there on the night of the accident helped with the surprise.
"Oh my gosh. We were so surprised. I honestly have wanted the chance to see and meet many of those people and tonight was amazing," said Jillayne Lazer.
"It took me all of about two seconds to say yes, absolutely, we want to be a part of this. These are very tragic events, and when they happen it not only impacts the people that are in the incident, but also all the responders too and they become one big family to us," said Rosemount Fire Chief Richard Schroeder.
"Grateful because those people literally saved our lives, and for these kids just to have them right in front of us, it meant so much to me," said Jillayne Lazer.
Best Christmas Ever has helped about 200 families this year.
Updated: December 25, 2018 07:56 AM
Created: December 24, 2018 08:55 PM
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