Sign brings support to Oso from around the country

Sign brings support to Oso from around the country

Credit: Elizabeth Weise / USA TODAY

Sign brings support to Oso from around the country

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by Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY

NWCN.com

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 26 at 5:35 PM

OSO, Wash. -- The tragedy in Oso has touched thousands of lives here, but they are not alone.

"We've had calls from all over the country, from Florida to Alaska," said Lila Hoffman, 54.

She works at Flicks Upholstery & Custom Built Furniture. The business is just a few miles west of where the slide hit, on State Route 530.

On Sunday she changed the sign outside the business to read, "Pray for the Victims."

"It's the first time it's been used for anything else," she said.

"It normally says things like 'Sale on boat upholstery' and things like that,” said owner Olan Flick, 50.

Hoffman didn't think to remove the business's phone number at the bottom of the sign.

Then the calls started coming in. "First it was from someone in Tennessee, then Florida," Hoffman said. "They just wanted us to know that they were praying for us."

On Tuesday the sign was featured in a national TV news feed. It wasn't on the screen long, but long enough to be seen.

"People were calling from the East coast first," Hoffman said.

"Then we could tell when the same show aired in the next time zone, it was Utah and then Texas," said Flick. "Then the last one, late that night, it was from Alaska."

Wednesday at lunchtime Hoffman went out to change the sign again.

Now on one side it reads, "America is Praying for our community."

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