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Locals come together in prayer

Christine Metz

— More than 40 people kneeled in prayer Tuesday night during a special service at St. Paul Episcopal Church.

As residents recited Psalms and prayed for the victims and their families of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, they also tried to fight back tears.

“At a time of national crisis, we are calling people to come together to pray,” the Rev. David Henderson said before the 6 p.m. service. “To pray for the victims of the attacks and for the families still struggling because they have not been able to make contact with them. To pray for the wisdom of leaders responding to this.”

The service was one of at least two held in Steamboat in response to the attacks. Holy Name Catholic Church held a 7 p.m. prayer service Tuesday and scheduled another for 7 a.m. this morning.

Msgr. George Schroeder of Holy Family said the church has not organized any formal relief program, but is responding with prayer.

The local prayer services are one of the many ways local residents have come together to mourn and help those involved in the terrorist attacks.

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Like Schroeder, Henderson is waiting to hear from his church’s national organization before letting his congregation know how they can help those suffering in New York and Washington, D.C. Although he is not sure what is needed, he is sure that the Episcopal Church, like the many other churches who have national relief programs, will be aiding the victims.

“Local clergy, especially, will be providing opportunities for contributions to be made for relief,” he said.

One of Steamboat’s closest Red Cross branches in Greeley was swamped with phone calls from people wanting to volunteer their time, blood and money, representative Emily Harris said.

Unlike other regional Red Cross branches, the Colorado Northwest Chapter does not collect blood. Harris said callers were referred to local hospitals.

Other callers wanted to volunteer for relief efforts. Although Harris said volunteers must be trained to deal with catastrophes the size of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, the Red Cross was collecting names and numbers of people in case something would happen.

Harris said individuals can contribute donations to the Red Cross that are earmarked for the national disaster relief effort.

Unfortunately, not all the calls to the Red Cross were for volunteer efforts. Immediate relatives of those working or living near the World Trade Center towers also used the Red Cross to help locate relatives.

Harris said the Red Cross’ Disaster Welfare Inquiry program takes 48 hours to help find immediate relatives and recommends that family and friends keep trying to contact those missing on their own.

The local Red Cross in Craig can be reached at 824-2661.