Out-of-town volunteers help flood victims just in time for Christmas

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Cooks have always known about the healing powers of a good bowl of soup, and cold weather is the perfect time for it.

Nothing warms the body like soup. It's the only thing warm in Peggy Nakamura's Denham Springs home. When the floodwaters receded in August, they took her heater with them.

"God save me. My troubles are like a flood. I am up to my neck in them. Psalm 69, that was me on that day," said Nakamura.

Yet she remains thankful for three visitors from afar bearing gifts.

"The first crew that was here took the siding off the house so it could dry out. Now, we're here putting it back," said Justin Byler, who traveled all the way from Tennessee this Christmas week.

"It's a mission that we are called to do," he said.

Byler and his crew are part of Christian Aid Ministries, a non-profit organization helping get families home after the August flood. Samuel Wagler left Illinois for what he thought would be warmer weather.

"I'd be in a shop where it's heated and it's inside. There's a lot of need here. I've met people that are hurting and need help like this get back," said Wagler.

While re-installing old vinyl siding may not compare to gold, frankincense, or myrrh, their gifts are ones Nakamura will always hold in her heart.

"I gave up several times. I'm like, 'This is not going to happen. I can't visualize it. I don't see it. I don't see the tunnel, let alone the light at the end.' These guys restored my faith. They really restored my faith," said Nakamura.

And isn't that what the holiday season is all about? That and a hot cup of soup.

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