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Families donate to flood-impacted Cedar Rapids residents

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Though the Flood of 2008 destroyed hundreds of homes in Cedar Rapids, it seems to have only strengthened the city's spirit of generosity.

One group of families joined together on Christmas Day to make the holidays just a little brighter for a handful of flood victims like Nora Daub. She had considered abandoning her home in June.

"It was just down to the bare necessities this year," Daub told us.

But her outlook on life improved, when she heard that 2 dozen families were searching their homes, finding whatever they could spare for hers.

"I cried. I did."

What started as a helpful gesture from one family to another, grew much larger.

"Oh, this is so cool," Daub exclaimed, as furniture being unloaded from a moving van was brought into her house.

That truck was donated for the day, by Gary Smith, owner of Budget Truck and Car Rental.

"We donated cash, gift certificates and lots of furniture and household items," Smith said. One lady had stated she didn't have measuring cups to bake for the Christmas holiday, and somebody went out and got the cups for her."

Daub now has a matching set of mirrors, along with a table and chair set to get her started on a new porch.

"I can't believe the generosity of people here in Iowa. I wouldn't be able to stay in my house if it wasn't for volunteers."

Russ Neiland donated some living room furniture that went to another house. "You start to realize how fortunate you are. It's neat to be able to give them something on Christmas Day."

But he hopes this habit of giving will be contagious to others, and extend beyond just the holidays.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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