Thanksgiving Dinner For Flood Victims


July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2006 at 3:14 AM EDT

On Route 7 in Conklin almost every house you pass is empty. Left deserted and devastated by flood water. But in a small church down the street the mood is anything but depressing.
"It's Thanksgiving to me. Everything looks perfect. I would have had no Thanksgiving," said Pat Crossman.
But more than 50 volunteers from the Conklin Presbyterian Church made sure that didn't happen.
"As soon as the idea came to light they just stepped right up and said we're doing this," said organizer Dave Jenkins.
The majority of the people there are victims of June's and November's flooding. Their stories are eerily similar.
"My furnace, my hot water tank, then the second flooding came and it was worse than the first," said Anna Donley.
Turkey, bread, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy and pie were served with heart-felt greetings and received with much gratitude.
"My families all gone now. I'm the only one that's left so it's kind of depressing being alone," said Denny Baird.
Dorothy Stoddard said "We have a good savior watching over us everyday."
The goal of the day: to make sure everyone is full. In their stomachs and in their hearts.
"If we keep that hope going we'll get them back into their homes and we'll get them back with warm hearts," said Jenkins.

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