Min. family honors late father’s legacy with “Best Christmas Ever”

ROSEMOUNT, Min. – Father’s Day is a holiday for many.

But for some who miss their fathers, this is a difficult day. The Rosemount family took their pain and turned it into something beautiful.

It started as a Minnesota fairy tale. Jilane Laser was home for the summer from a visiting college with friends in Hastings when she met him.

“Jared was a crazy man. He came to us that night and brought a plate of pancakes and so we had pancakes, “she said.

They decided to share pancakes for life. And the table grew bigger. They had twins and another.

“Jared is a very, very good father. It’s all about the kids, always having fun with them, “Laser said.

Laser said she loved Jared even more when she saw him as a father.

But in 2018, on the very weekend dedicated to honoring fathers, their beautiful dream was overshadowed by a nightmare.

This happened right after a summer day full of family parties.

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“We were just returning home, a big, wide-open, country road. We had all three children in the car and the stop sign was released, “Laser said.

She woke up on Father’s Day to find out that the best father she knew was gone.

“I remember a very weak moment when a nurse told me, ‘I just want to remind you what happened,'” she said.

She and one of the children were in the hospital for a week, seriously injured. But nothing compares to the pain that filled their hearts.

“There were a few times after that when it just hit me and it was going to become a reality. It’s still the case to this day or it’s something like, oh, it really happened,” Laser said.

She entered survival mode. Parker was only 3. Audrey and Peyton were going to kindergarten.

“I’m just really trying to do my best to keep Jared’s memory alive,” Laser said.

She managed to get to Christmas and Christmas without Jared could mean Christmas without joy. But there was joy.

“It was a very, very crazy surprise,” she said.

Thanks to some strangers from the band called Best Christmas of All Time.

A volunteer named Jess led the effort after gift after gift. But one particular gift took Laser’s breath away.

“We went outside and two fire trucks stopped with some of the first responders who were there that day. I don’t know where she got it from, but she did it, exactly what I needed that Christmas,” she said. “I knew I had to do the same not only for myself but for my children.”

The very next Christmas Lazer became the best Christmas captain of all time, providing a complete donation extravaganza for another single mother.

“Just to see a smile on their faces. “I know what they’re going through, and I know it might have been a really hard day for them,” Laser said.

She has been doing it every year since. Her daughters raised $ 800 on their own by selling bracelets.

“I think he will be very proud of the children,” she said. “They are more excited about who we will choose as a family and what we will do for our family from BC than they are doing what Santa will bring them. So it feels really good and he’ll be really proud of it, I think. “

He is also the leader of the best Christmas of all time, Don Liimatinen.

“Someone was able to take one of the worst things you could think of again and turn it into over $ 70,000 for families everywhere to be a force for good,” Leimatainen said.

And so, whether it’s Christmas or Father’s Day, Jared’s legacy of love and laughter lives on.

The best Christmas ever hosted a major golf tournament in September to try to raise money. They are looking for people to become team captains to help more people who are going through the worst moment of their lives get the best Christmas. Click here for more information.

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