Community comes together at Christmas to help flood victims

PRINCETON, IN (WFIE) - At first, it didn't look like it would be a very merry Christmas for a Gibson County family after their home was damaged by flooding.

But thanks to the kindness of neighbors and strangers, the Bookers are able to enjoy the holidays.

Chad Booker and his family were headed down to Florida to spend Christmas with relatives.

Not long after reaching the Sunshine State, Booker's neighbor called to tell him his house was flooded.

Booker says his home was flooded in 2006, so he knew what to expect.  Several appliances had been swept away, along with the family's hopes of having a normal Christmas.

The Fairfield Inn, where the Booker's are staying, decorated their room with a Christmas tree and lights.

There were also some gifts for the kids and a Christmas dinner.

"It really takes the stress off of what's going on.  You know?  It gets you away from it a little bit, keeps the family together, and just lets you know you're safe, at least," said Chad Booker.

The Fairfield Inn in Princeton says the Red Cross is paying for the Booker's stay and Day Star Ministries helped pay for the gifts and the food.

If you're interested in helping the Bookers, contact the Red Cross or Day Star Ministries in Princeton.

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