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VEGAS LOST: Spending Christmas in detention, kids make gift baskets for their families

VEGAS LOST: Spending Christmas in detention, kids make gift baskets for their families

Eight thousand feet up, the air is thinner. A white layer of snow covers the peaks and valleys of distant mountains and the noise of Christmas labor echoes off the walls.

This is not Santa’s workshop, though they do have a list and they do check it twice. The court system has said the kids here have not been very nice.

This is Spring Mountain Youth Camp, a detention facility on the holidays.

“Kids come for everything from stealing hubcaps to breaking into a home or a school.” Jeff Jones, a worker at the youth camp, tells us.

The isolated youth camp can be a lonely place during the year. On the holidays, unbearably so.

“A lot of people say this is the toughest time of the year” Jones tells us. “Whatever we can do to bring that family together.”

Which brings us to some uniformed young men working in unison. They are putting together gift baskets, a full holiday meal for fifty families -- their families. Their parents have no idea its coming. These teenagers will not have a seat at the table on Christmas Eve but they will be there, in some small way, to share something with those so far away.

The baskets were made with the help of the Children Services Guild, which donated money and material

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