Spreading cheer in jail

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

SHERMAN, TX -- Spending Christmas in jail is probably not the most ideal way to spend a holiday, but some are trying to make the day a little brighter for the inmates. Officials say at the Grayson County Jail, inmates receive dessert twice a year- at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Cafeteria crews work for more than a week, taking days to prepare turkey with all the fixin's. All of the food is homemade, including peanut butter pies, cheesecake, and chocolate pie.

As you walk into the kitchen, ‘Trusty’ inmates form a circle and are holding hands to bless their meal. ‘Trustys’ are low-risk inmate with additional responsibilities like cooking and cleaning. The atmosphere is bright as inmates serve each other the tradition holiday meal.

"The guys that are here, the females that are here, we know that they're having a hard time dealing with being away from their families and they all appreciate having a traditional meal even thought they're not at home," says Cpl. Anita Hudson, director of food service at the Grayson Co. Jail.

For Hudson, this Christmas meal is part of her personal Christmas tradition. For the past 11 years, she personally picks the ingredients and plans the menu.

All of the food is homemade from scratch. Racks of desserts brighten the room, including peanut butter pies, cheesecake, and chocolate pie.

Outside, family members wait to visit their loved ones in visitation. It’s a solemn atmosphere. But inside, even in bleak circumstance, these workers hope to give spread a little holiday cheer.

"I've already seen some sadness in some faces today that have come from visitation, but hopefully what little we can do here today, will reflect in their lives the rest of the year."

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  • by susie Location: denison on Dec 30, 2007 at 01:33 PM
    oh racheal let me guess,billy is your husband.how sweet of you to take up for a grown man.love is blind.
  • by steve Location: howe on Dec 30, 2007 at 01:20 PM
    rachael,boo hoo ,boo hoo boo hoo
  • by racheal Location: howe on Dec 30, 2007 at 03:23 AM
    susie, shutup. I have not been in jail but my huband worked there, 95% of the people there deserve it. they should have NO special anything, it's JAIL!!! thump the bible somewhere else. It's peple like you that help the criminals, that's just what this world needs, more bleeding hearts. i do not feel sorry for them at all. maybe they should have thought about their actions before hand, then maybe they could have been home for the holidays.
  • by GWEN Location: sherman,texas on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:09 PM
    I think that is such a sweet story.I have never been in jail so I have no ideal how it feels.but just because they are in jail does'nt mean they should miss out.maybe next year I"LL send the inmates money if they will let me since I can afford it. I have more than enough to share.I can't belive people write such ugly comments god bless these folks
  • by tracy Location: sherman on Dec 27, 2007 at 08:11 AM
    well they should not receive any special anything while in jail they was not thinking of that while they was out like dogs doing drugs or stealing from people. so why should my hard earn dollars go to give them a happy day when they didn't help anyone while they was out selling dope or stealing. why should i work for them to eat a home cooked dinner
  • by susie Location: denison on Dec 27, 2007 at 07:55 AM
    Billy you need to at least go back to school and learn how to spell.and mork you are an idiot
  • by Boo Location: Sherman on Dec 27, 2007 at 07:15 AM
    Why do I feel like the number of people who HAVE NOT gone to jail is becoming less and less?? I have not been to jail and I don't want to ever go to jail. So from someone who hasn't broken the law.... I think they get off with way too much! I don't think they should even have TV. But they CAN have all the "Peanut Butter Pie" they want!!! YUCK!
  • by billy Location: denison on Dec 27, 2007 at 06:10 AM
    SUSIE i got a job and i pay my taxs how about you just becase i wright becase i pay my taxs and have freedom of speech so who is stupidjail is not meant to be fun thats why we put people in it that break the law
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Dec 26, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    Susie Q - So Jail's not all that fun, is it suppose to be? LOL - what an idiot.
  • by Emi Location: Sherman on Dec 26, 2007 at 05:52 PM
    Hi everyone, thanks for the comments. Just to clarify, "Trusty" is spelled correctly in the story. It is different than a "Trustee." Thanks for watching!
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