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UPDATE: Local radio station hopes The Sacred Acre can turn lives around

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Life 101.9, a Christian radio station in Waterloo, is holding its annual fundraiser and in the process, is purchasing copies of The Sacred Acre, The Ed Thomas Story. For every $1,000 raised on Thursday, the radio station will purchase two copies of The Sacred Acre and they will be given to local jails and juvenile detention centers.

On Thursday, they raised enough money to buy 216 copies for those serving time. They are hoping the book will have a positive influence and hopefully change some lives.

"So when this book came out I saw the wonderful faith connection and the focus of the book I thought this would be a great opportunity for our listeners to be able to step up and help provide some of these books for inmates at local county jails, youth facilities, and state facilities," said station manager, Doug Smith.

Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson says he has been informed about this effort and he's all for it. He says anytime you can put positive information in the hands of those in jail it's a good thing.

The Thomas family took part in the fundraiser. Aaron Thomas talked about the book and the influence his dad had on him and so many other.

"The power to choose, each day we have that choice about what type of people were going to be but also I think each and everyone of us does matter. Don't put down or underestimate the power of one person. I think the impact you can have and the number of people you can influence in your life and if they can read that and be challenged by it and maybe ask themselves what do I stand for, what am I about," said Thomas.

"If someone in a jail somewhere reads this and turns their life around and understands the importance of faith and God that Ed Thomas exemplified then that's how God turns tragedy into triumph," said Smith.

They chose this book because of its story of faith and those who are incarcerated would be more likely to pick up a book about a football coach than the Bible.

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