December 16, 2017
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MDOC Central Office adopts two Maine Families through Salvation Army Christmas Castle Program

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The MDOC Central Office Christmas Tree after all of the presents were delivered to the Salvation Army, Waterville, Maine. (Photo courtesy Maine Department of Corrections)

AUGUSTA, Maine — In keeping with its annual tradition, the Maine Department of Corrections Central Office personnel adopted two Maine families this month through the Salvation Army Christmas Castle program.

One adopted family is made up of a mother, a father, and two infant twins. The second family is a mother, a father, and one teenager.

The response was outstanding and confirmed how wonderful my work family is. It gives a good, warm feeling knowing we’ve helped people in need,” said Jane L. Tower, who oversaw and coordinated the MDOC central office’s effort. Jane Tower is Secretary Specialist for the Department’s Division of Legislative and Program Services and Executive Associate for the State Board of Corrections.

Family member names and items from their respective Christmas Wish Lists were written on name tags and hung from a Christmas Tree in MDOC’s Central Office. Office workers chose one or more tags, placed the gifts in boxes set aside for each family member. On the December 15th deadline the gifts were all delivered to the Salvation Army in Waterville, Maine.

“There’s a hope that those who are receiving gifts will someday pay the kindness forward,” said Mrs. Tower.