Donors come through for sick tot |

Donors come through for sick tot

Community members opened their hearts – and wallets – for a financially strapped young couple whose baby had emergency surgery Christmas Day.

Roughly $1,500 was collected in donations jars at three Grass Valley businesses to help Lawrence and Melissa Clavelle, a Marysville couple whose 3-month-old son had intestinal surgery on Dec. 20 and Dec. 25.

Lawrence Clavelle is an apprentice electrician for Felix Electric, a Grass Valley electrical contractor.

Clavelle wasn’t able to work for several weeks while he stayed near his family, said his employer Dan Felix. Felix launched the donation drive Dec. 26, saying the couple was almost flat broke.

On Sunday, the Clavelles’ baby was released from the hospital and is doing well, said Joann Felix, Dan Felix’s wife. Lawrence Clavelle started work again Tuesday, she said.

Community members dropped off about $1,500 in donations, she said.

“The response we got was just incredible,” Felix said. The Clavelles are “just overwhelmed and very grateful.”

People dropped off donations at Felix Electric, Sierra Solar and NorCal Electric Supply.

People also approached employees of Felix Electric while they were making service calls, including at Lake Wildwood, and gave them donations, she said.

“It was absolutely incredible.

“The baby’s finally home. He’s still got a little bit of trouble going on,” Felix said, but “he’s keeping down the majority of his food. … He’s a beautiful little guy.”

The Clavelles couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

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