PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - There is a bible verse from Isiah 43:2 that reads: "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." I don't think anyone knew how much that verse would mean to them until August 12, 2016, the day of the Great Flood of 2016.
Least of which was Dayna Breaud in Ponchatoula.
Breaud and her good friend and co-worker, Shawn Rogers, are registered nurses and both work as school nurses at Perrin Early Learning Center in Ponchatoula.
"She's just a really good friend," Rogers told WAFB's Johnny Ahysen. "She's got a really big heart, ya' know. I don't think she even realizes how much she's actually helping the next person."
Rogers has been the recipient of Breaud's blessings, but she was not the only one.
"One of our students at school, their family lost their vehicles in the flood," Rogers explains. "And at the time, Dayna was thinking about a new vehicle and trading her van in, but when Dayna heard about what happened to this student's family, she said, 'No, I'm not gonna do that. I'm gonna' give them this van.' And Dayna didn't even blink on it, and she wanted to make sure it was clean, so she washed it, sanitized the inside, basically it was pristine! Dayna said it wasn't that clean when she bought it!"
But that's just part of the story. Breaud paints as a hobby. She says it relaxes her.
The weekend of the flood, in the midst of seeing all the devastation and helping as many flood victims as she could, Breaud felt compelled to paint a picture depicting the Great Flood of 2016.
"Actually he was already painted," Breaud refers to the painting in the masculine. "And when the flood happened, I decided to finish him that Saturday. I showed it to my husband and asked if he thought it would make a good poster. See, I had never done posters before," Breaud explains. "So I posted it that Sunday on Facebook, just thinking local people would be interested, and it hit big!"
Within one week, Breaud found herself forming an LLC, learning how to have posters printed from her originals, and selling hundreds of posters of the Great Flood 2016.
"And she donated all the money earned from the sale of that poster to several different charities that were all helping flood victims," Rogers said. "And we're talking thousands of dollars. And she's still getting orders to this day!"
This is one of the many reasons Rogers nominated Breaud for Hand It On. WAFB was invited to the school one afternoon and told to hide in the principal's office. Other school employees were there, as was Breaud's husband. Then she was called in.
The look of shock, surprise, and curiosity on her face when she opened the door and saw the gathering (and WAFB's camera) was priceless. She immediately rushed to her husband for a warm hug. Then Rogers began.
"I want to tell you first of all that I love you to death. OK? I love you to death. And I thank you forever. You know for what you did for me," she said. By now, both ladies had tears in their eyes. Rogers composed herself enough to continue.
"And thank you for taking the time to help us all. OK, thank you for somehow managing to be who you are on a daily basis. And you know we have something for you. Through the Hand It On program, we are gonna' present you with $300. Now, you do what your heart's desire is with that, OK," said Rogers.
Breaud was also commissioned to create the official poster for the 2017 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival coming up April 7-9.
To nominate someone for Hand It On, send an e-mail to HandItOn@wafb.com. Make sure to include all of your contact information, especially your phone number.