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Community helps family in need

Community helps family in need
Oscar Rodriguez and Olga De La Cruz and their family have received an outpouring of community support after a Sept. 7 fire destroyed their home.

Small-town communities always seem to come together when someone is in need and it was no different with the Rodriguez-De La Cruz family.

The family of seven, four adults and three children, lost their home on Hickory Hills Drive near La Vernia and all possessions during a fire Sept. 7, caused by an electrical short circuit, according to Edwin Baker of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office.

Oscar Rodriguez and his family have been staying with his parents in Floresville since the fire, and have received an outpouring of community support, he said. Rodriguez added that community and family members have gone to the destroyed home to help him clean the area.

Rodriguez said he plans to build a one-bedroom structure on the property that will eventually turn into a new home for his family.

Every day since their loss, the family has received donations. Reuben Garcia, owner of Taste of Chicago Deli and Grill, said that within the first nine hours after the fire, 10 bags of clothes had been donated, and $625 had been collected by 1 p.m. Sunday.

Garcia said help also has come from the Helping Hands Ministry and the La Vernia Christian Food Pantry, which opened its doors Sept. 9 for the family to get items. Al Boos of H-E-B said he also will be helping the family.

Garcia added that helping people is what he likes to do.

“This is my ministry,” he said.

Garcia and his wife, Barbara, will host a spaghetti dinner benefit for the family Saturday, Sept. 14, starting 11 a.m. at Taste of Chicago Deli and Grill on U.S. 87 W. in La Vernia.

Rodriquez said his family appreciates all of the help and donations.

“This is something unexpected,” he said. “I’m not used to having to ask for help; it’s hard. It’s unbelievable.”

The family appreciates everything, especially the community’s warmth. Gift cards, lumber, and tools to be used to build a new home are welcome. They also are grateful for monetary donations, as their home was not insured.

Those wishing to donate directly can contact Rodriguez at 210-853-9189.

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