The Grinch didn't steal Christmas, Mother Nature did. A roof collapse at Minnie's Food Pantry in Plano left behind puddles, exposed piping and boxes of ruined food.
Owner Cheryl Jackson says it took 15 volunteers two days to put everything together. She tearfully said, "volunteers are hard to come by. Christmas time it's easy, but after the holidays nobody is here. It hurts, it hurts."
Jackson says it hurts because she was once homeless and understands what it's like to be hungry with nowhere to turn.
"This was my dream, when you walk in and see your place devastated, it hurts. My mom was here, I named it after her. I've needed help before, but never like this."
The roof collapse let in unwanted water. Now Cornflakes are mixed with pieces of debris. Now, volunteers like June Cron are left picking up those pieces.
"We have got over 40 - 50 boxes destroyed from the flood. We're going to try to get back on this. Get back up and start over again. Where there's a will and a way and that's what Cheryl's taught me."
In the spirit of Christmas, people are already volunteering to help. After our newscast, people showed up, ditching Christmas Eve errands to donate their time, and help. A professional roofer came to survey the damage, money was donated and computers were replaced with the understanding that the need is greater than ever before.
Cron says this tough economic time has hit everyone. She expects come January first, there will be people lined up outside of Minnie's Food Pantry asking for help.
Meanwhile, volunteers say they'll work through the holidays to make sure no one is turned away.
Plano Food Pantry Roof Collapse
Food destroyed at Minnie's Food Pantry after roof collapses
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