Flood Victims Celebrate Christmas

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 26, 2006 at 2:40 AM EDT

For many, this Christmas dinner at Conklin Presbyterian Church was more than just ham, potatoes, and desert.

The meal was a chance to forget about this year’s historic flood that destroyed so much.

"It's been a very rough year for us. We're with other people who have had the same things. It makes it much better," said Joe McDonald of Conklin.

Mcdonald joined about 30 people from Conklin affected by June and Novembers flood.

Many are still rebuilding their homes.

"I'm living in a camper and I wouldn't have had dinner today if it wasn't for the church," said Pat Crossman of Conklin.

Crossman and others here say although they've lost their homes, there's still a lot to be happy about this time of year.

"Hey, Christmas, you gotta be happy for everything you got. That's how we feel about it," said Dorothy Stoddard of Conklin.

And to help everyone at this dinner try to feel the same as Stoddard, volunteers from Conklin Presbyterian dressed up as Santa and passed out gifts

That put a smile on the face of some thankful flood victims.

"I'm just shocked. I don't know what else to say. This is awesome," said Helen Woodruff of Conklin.

And for one day, many here feel the same way.

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