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LOWELL – Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) staff and volunteers recently gathered in Lowell to wrap gifts for children of individuals incarcerated at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction.

As in years past, donations for the holiday effort came from members of the faith community across the Merrimack Valley and beyond.

“This is one of the most inspirational events we participate in each year,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, who joined volunteers at the MSO’s Lowell Community Counseling Center for an evening of wrapping on December 12. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support from the faith community who year-after-year give so generously to help families impacted by incarceration.”

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In addition to the volunteers who gathered in Lowell, a group of individuals from the MSO’s women’s pre-release program joined the effort to spread holiday cheer during a separate wrapping session on December 15.

Gifts from both events will be distributed to children on Sunday, December 18.

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Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (seated) and Pastor Pierce VanDunk (standing) – a member of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office team – wrap and prepare donated gifts for the children of incarcerated individuals on Monday, December 12, 2022 in Lowell, Mass.

Pastor Jesus Sanchez, the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office’s Volunteer & Religious Coordinator – wraps and prepares donated gifts for the children of incarcerated individuals on Monday, December 12, 2022 in Lowell.

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