SOUTH RANGE, WI — On Saturday, one Northland community came together to help Jayme Closs heal after the teenager escaped 88 days of captivity.
Last month, Jake Patterson, the man convicted of kidnapping the 13-year-old and killing her parents, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole.
Now on Closs’ path to find a happy, healthier life, the people of South Range stepped up to help make that happen.
“It’s a community where neighbors help neighbors,” EZ Street Saloon Bartender Jackie Halberg said. “When something that horrific happens, people just feel compelled to do something to help, and so this is our way of doing it.”
Community members held a fundraiser at the EZ Street Saloon Saturday with nearly all proceeds going to the Closs family.
“It’s just beginning for her,” Halberg said. “She’s probably going to need a lot of resources, and this is going to take time for her and her family to heal.”
No one in attendance knew Jayme or her family members on a personal level, but Halberg says Jayme’s uncle got word, called her earlier in the day, and he thanked the community for their support.
“He just wanted to convey the family’s gratitude for the community of South Range supporting Jayme and them,” Halberg said.