It was a gathering of community, friends, and family Monday night in Barron.
The result became a night of comfort, song, and joy. It was a reason to smile in a difficult time.
“I think we’re strong," Barron superintendent Diane Tremblay said. "I think we’re strong and we’re solid, and we’re helping each other out with whatever we need.”
Tremblay said that as the search for Jayme Closs continues, she and the community are holding onto a powerful feeling of hope.
“I think hope is probably the most important thing," she said. "We have to let go what we don’t have control of. We can control if we have hope, and so we have hope, and we’re going to bring Jayme home.”
Amid feelings of heartbreak and uncertainty, that feeling of hope can push a community through.
“I think together as a team, that’s our goal, and we’re going to continue to do that," Tremblay said.
They'll hope that Jayme can soon be found safely, and soon return home.