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Vintage Treasures and Antiques in Arcadia and St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia show support for Ukraine during the war

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) — Vintage Treasures and Antiques in Arcadia has been around for eight years, and throughout the pandemic, community members have helped support the store to keep it open.

Now owner Raquel McLaughlin thinks it’s only right to show support for those in the community who are affected by what’s happening in Ukraine.

McLauglin has painted furniture in the colors of the Ukrainian flag that sits outside his shop on Foothill Boulevard.

“A lot of us right now feel completely helpless and we’re just kind of torn between, ‘What are we doing for our Ukrainian brothers and sisters there?'” she said.

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Mclaughlin said there was a big show of support with people praying and cars honking and stopping. She even created a Facebook post and prayer channel for a Ukrainian client who lives in Monrovia.

“My client from Ukraine says, ‘My parents are stuck in Odessa’, and I just asked him, ‘Do you mind? I want to take your picture and create a prayer chain for you, your wife and your parents who are stuck,’” McLaughlin said.

Monrovia has also shown its support for Ukraine.

Meanwhile, outside Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, painted chairs and a Ukrainian flag are displayed along California Avenue.

A church member painted the chairs.

“Given the events unfolding in the world, we thought it was important to lift the Ukrainian people up in prayer at this point, and also to keep this awareness in our hearts so that we hold ourselves accountable for the how we react,” said Neil Tadken, a priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

People even gathered to pray around the painted chairs.

For a small business owner and a church, these actions are a step towards making everyone feel welcome and loved.

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