Entire country helping raise money for Closs family, as friends share more stories

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Barron County (WQOW)- “Jayme we need you here with us to fill that hole we have in our hearts, we all love you to the moon and back and we will never stop looking for you,” said Jennifer Smith, Jayme’s aunt.

“Like a woman who just lost her sister and her god-daughter who is missing, I mean not well, I don’t think any of the family is doing well,” Michelle Saffet, a family friend said.

Saffert is talking about her friend, Jennifer Smith, who just lost her sister Denise and brother-in-law James Closs.

She said she’s been doing whatever she can to help the family.

“The bracelets started as a small fundraiser with like a group of 100 or so people,” Saffert said. “It kind of grew from there it kind of grew much bigger, and then when other people started finding out about the bracelets so we decided to open it up to everybody.”

Saffert said 2,500 bracelets are now all over the country.

“To Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Texas. There are people all over the state that are selling them now,” Saffert said. “It’s kind of just exploded.”

At $5 each, they’ve raised more than $12,000.

There are other efforts too, including a GoFundMe page and lanterns for sale.

“There’s a Facebook page called light the way home for Jayme and they are solar lanterns that you can put outside to keep a light on for Jayme,” Saffert said.

“The money will be going to the sister of Denise who is also the godmother of Jayme and they will use that money at their discretion as far as whatever expenses come around that they feel necessary,” Saffert said.

There’s also a fund at Sterling Bank, where all the money donated will go to Jayme once she’s found.

“I’m just happy to help, I’m happy to be a part of it, I’m super proud of our community,” Saffert said.

For more information on the GoFundMe Page click here. 

For more information on the lanterns click here. 

For more information on the bracelets click here. 

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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