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San Bernardino Mountain Communities Come Together After Record-Setting Storms

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We’ve had one helluva stormy, snowy and rainy few months, haven’t we? Some of the people who’ve experienced the brunt of this wild weather in Southern California live in rural communities in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Record-setting storms in Southern California hit mountain communities hard

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Many of the folks who live there are used to taking care of themselves and are well-equipped to do so. What they’re not used to doing is being on guard for weeks at a time. And most haven’t experienced weather like this in over 30 years. As a matter of fact, the National Weather Service department that oversees the region issued its first-ever blizzard warning a month ago when the first heavy snow fell. That first storm hit hard and lasted for days. Help from the county didn’t arrive. In the end, it was the neighbors who came together to assist neighbors.

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In my colleague Erin Stone’s latest story, she explored how essential mutual aid groups have been during this record-setting season of storms. They’ve gathered together to provide help for those who severely needed it, collecting donations, distributing food and checking on people who are snowed in.

There are also resources in Erin's article for residents and information on how folks outside of the area can help.

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It's Ramadan. Here's what not to say to your Muslim friends

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Over 3.45 million Americans celebrate the Islamic holy month — here are a few tips to get you acquainted.
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Ramadan Mubarak to all readers who observe. This month-long period marks one of the holiest times of the year for people of Muslim faith and, as you may know, those who practice often choose to fast from morning to night.

For those of us who do not observe Ramadan, NPR has provided a guide on what to say, and what not to say, to your Muslim friends and co-workers during this time.

NPR’s Eda Uzunlar has all the details on how to be respectful during this important time for people.

For example, remember that those who observe are fasting all day, and refraining from all food and water. So what can you do to support them? Ask to join them in iftar, an evening meal to break their fast!

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