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La Vernians rally to aid fire victims

 
La Vernians rally to aid fire victims
Personnel from the La Vernia Emergency Medical Services and firefighters from four area departments respond to a fully engulfed structure fire Jan. 18 on Oak View Drive near La Vernia.

LA VERNIA -- Donations of clothing and small household items are being sought to aid a family who lost their home on Oak View Drive southeast of here to a Jan. 18 fire.

Cecelia McCullough and her two teenage children were not at home at the start of the blaze that was reported at 5:30 p.m., said La Vernia Fire Chief Jason Scheel, and the family’s four dogs managed to escape unharmed. Scheel said the fire might have been started when grass was ignited by debris still smoldering from trash that was burned the day before.

In addition to those from La Vernia, firefighters from Eagle Creek, Stockdale, and Sutherland Springs, along with the La Vernia Emergency Medical Services, responded to the scene and remained in service for approximately four hours.

A spaghetti dinner benefit has been set for Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Blue Bird Café on U.S. 87 in La Vernia. All proceeds will go to the McCulloughs.

Donations are being accepted weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in La Vernia (see box right). To contact McCullough directly, call 210-441-9610.

The McCullough family lost everything in a Jan. 18 fire that claimed their La Vernia-area home. In addition to household items -- not furniture -- the family has an immediate need for the following clothing:

•Ladies size 16/18 pants, size 16 top, size 8 shoes
•Ladies size 13 long pants, size large top, size 8-1/2 shoes
•Men’s size 34x32 pants, size large shirt, size 13 boots, and size 12 sneakers

Donations can be delivered to the St. Ann’s Catholic Church between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or call 210-441-9610 to contact Cecelia McCullough directly.

A benefit is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Blue Bird Café on U.S. 87 in La Vernia. Enjoy a spaghetti and meat sauce dinner with garlic bread, salad, and tea for $8.50. DJ Mike will be playing 50s music, and classic cars will be on display.

For more information, call John Turner at 830-947-3733 or Reuben Garcia at 830-534-6582.

 
 
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