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Community of Red Bluff comes together for Rancho Tehama at prayer vigil

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RED BLUFF, Calif. - Members of Tehama County came together Saturday night to pray for Rancho Tehama.

The prayer vigil was for the victims but also for the community as a whole to start healing.

Six churches banned together to put on the event. Prayers were said for all involved in Tuesday's shootings.

There were prayers for the school and the teachers, prayers for the first responders, and from the executive director of Alternatives to Violence, a prayer for victims of domestic violence.

"You hear about these things in the newspaper and you hear about them in the morning news but never do you hear about them here and really we're just trying to be God's loving arms around the community that's hurting our community is hurting," said Josh Carpenter, Sunrise Bible Fellowship Pastor. "These children are our children, they are children of our community. These people, these first responders, these victims are our friends and neighbors and we just want to be that support for them."

Whether members of the community of Red Bluff were directly impacted or not, they say Tehama County is all one community. They want to be there for the whole community.

"We're mainly holding it so we can come together as a community and pray for the victims as well as the victim's families, the teachers, the school, first responders and just the rancho community in general," said Wesley McLachlan, Associate Pastor for Red Bluff Vineyard Church. "We just feel like it's important for the surrounding communities to come together. You can't control things but you can control how you respond and we just felt that God has led us to respond."

The churches are now collecting donations for Rancho Tehama and first responders. The focus is stuffed animals for the students as they return to school, but anything is of help.

Donations can be dropped off at the Red Bluff Vineyard Church at 738 Walnut Street in Red Bluff.

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