ARLINGTON - Easter Sunday was a day of faith and reflection for those affected by the Oso landslide. At the Immaculate Conception Church, the congregation collected donations for victims.
“We think this morning of our friends and neighbors up the valley in Oso,” said Father Tim Sauer. “We wish that we could reverse the deaths that took away people we knew, we enjoyed, appreciated, and loved.”
Church member Gail Thompson wore a yellow ribbon, which read “Oso 30812 Steelhead Drive.” Thompson’s home was destroyed by the landslide.
“Love never fails to produce love and we have seen love like I’ve never experienced in all of my life,” said Thompson.
Outside the church, people gave money and purchased “Oso Strong” bracelets.
The church made a promise to pay the funeral expenses for victims. So far the church has received nearly $500,000 in donations from around the world, according to Father Tim Sauer.