Dec 11, 2010 9:06 PM by Shawn Kline

Food Pantry recovers from Christmas Eve disaster

The holiday season is the busiest time of year for many local food pantries.
Last year, one of those food pantries lost everything on Christmas Eve.
A year later, they're using a gift that keeps on giving.
"Basically we lost everything but the corner lot," Nina DuPont said.
Dupont won't soon forget December 24th, 2009; Christmas Eve.
A storm swept across Acadiana, high winds and even a tornado in Church Point. The storm, uprooting a tree. It crashed into this Community Investors Food Pantry, destroying the building, the equipment and the food.
"There was nothing." DuPont says, "we could not provide for any of those families."
12 months later, the food pantry is back up and running. A community realizing the importance of giving in the time of need.
"If it wouldn't be for them, we would not have been able to have gotten up and be able to provide this," DuPont said.
In less than a year, the community pulled together to rebuild the pantry. As for the tree, there's not much left of it besides the roots and a few logs, now free for the taking.
"Things is bad here but we still have a whole lot to be thankful for," Mary Guidry said.
Guidry comes to the pantry every month now. Volunteers with boxes in their hands, sending her off with a smile on her face this holiday.
"All the ones who involved in this," Guidry said, "God's gonna bless them."
"Just hearing people say, 'you don't know how much we appreciate that y'all are back in business, back doing this for us.'" DuPont says, "that's the biggest reward anyone can have."
The reward of giving to those who gave in this pantry's time of need.


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