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Annual breakfast for families who lost loved ones

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hurting Families with Children in Crime held its annual breakfast & fundraiser Saturday for people who have lost loved ones from across the country.

Christmas time can be one of the happiest times of the year, but also the saddest time for people dealing with loss. That's why the community is rallying around families who have lost children to crime to help them stay positive through the holidays.

The family of the late Susie Jackson, who died in a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina in June, were present. This Christmas will be the first without their aunt.

"It's hard it's very hard, it will be the hardest Christmas we've ever had in my life," Jackson said.

"She would call each sister to wake up each household, are you going to church? Do you need stockings? Need a slip?" Ayana Smith, Susie Jackson's niece said.

The family brought their story to Jacksonville in hopes of helping other families who have been affected by crime. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was also there for support.

"All the officers here are all a part of the community. We understand it's not us versus them. Us good guys versus bad guys. It's all of us as a community," Assistant Chief Scott Dingee said. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office hasn't officially announced it yet, but there's a new program coming in 2016 that will specifically reduce violent crime within Jacksonville's youth.

We will hear more about that program next year. 

Hurting Families with Children says it will continue to work with families in making a better future for Jacksonville's children.


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