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March 31, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Prayers, food and clothing sought at Trafton General Store

At the Trafton General Store, between Arlington and Oso, manager Sabrina Green said Monday her cousin, Denver Harris, is among the missing.

Her cousin was home alone when the slide hit, she said. “It’s been tough,” Green said.  “Almost everybody up there has been a regular customer here. ”

Outside the store, a young girl’s handmade sign asks for food, clothing, household items and prayers for those affected by the slide.

“We’ve gotten clothes, tons of clothes, and quite a bit of cash,” Green said.  She said it’s been heartening to see people pitching in to do whatever they can, including loggers who instead of going to their jobs are helping in the search.

Valley residents also have pitched in with clothing, blankets and other items through an organization called Gifts of Warmth, started about a year ago to help the homeless, said Crecha-Ann McLane, who created the organization with her husband, Robb.

In front of their house, a sign made by Crecha-Ann and daughter, Kailin, 8, says “We (heart) you, Oso, God bless.”

Crecha-Ann McLane said she personally knew just one of the victims, Summer Raffo.

“But it doesn’t matter if we knew them,” she said.  “It’s our community. And we have the same river flowing behind our house.”

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