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Everyone rallied to help

From the From the Mailbag: A tribute to first responders and everyday heroes series
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This has been an incredible time for all of us and the recovery is obviously not complete yet, but many thanks need to go to those who helped out at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church.

The rectory staff decided spontaneously Monday morning, Oct. 9, to provide donuts and water and coffee for anyone who needed it, but that transitioned quite rapidly into a place for meals (three a day for up to 150 people), shelter overnight (for up to 60 people), and clothing and food donations for those in need, as well as prayer and comfort for everyone.

Volunteers came from all over Napa to help us out by working or by donating. It was an amazing outpouring of love. Nurses volunteered to manage our First Aid Station, a generator was brought in to power lights until our power was restored, security guards volunteered to stay overnight to help watch over the campus of the church--it was quite a scene. Restaurants provided meals and pastries, people donated water and fresh fruit and generous amounts of clothing and personal items.

We are so blessed and feel so fortunate to live in such an incredible community. Our shelter and food service are now closed, but we continue to pray for all those affected by this terrible event as we say from the bottom of our hearts: God bless the first responders and thank you, Napa, from all of us at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church.

Sara DeCrevel

Napa

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