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Christmas spirit

December 25, 2013 - Jill Gosche
I had quite a memorable experience Tuesday. I had gotten a Facebook message through The A-T about Duchess Lane in Tiffin being flooded, and I figured I should head there to get some quick photos for Facebook and Thursday's edition. I thought it was going to be a typical flooding experience -- I would snap a few shots and get back in my car to enjoy my day off -- until I saw people preparing to kayak across the flood water. I could not believe what was happening. A family was flooded out of their home, and the 5-year-old's presents, which Santa needed, were trapped inside. Two men kayaked across the water to save the day! After a VERY difficult year of covering some devastating situations, this experience absolutely made my year. God works in mysterious ways, and this strengthens my belief even more that the world is GOOD. I always knew that, but sometimes it can be easy to forget. Getting to write this story on Christmas makes the holiday even more special.

The lede:

Kayaks, paddles, a sense of adventure and Christmas spirit conquered several feet of flood water that covered Duchess Lane and threatened to make Santa's trip difficult Tuesday night. Tiffin residents Wayne Burns, Brian Burns and Jeremy Renninger saved Christmas for 5-year-old Eliana Randell.

I hope you'll read the story in Thursday's edition and feel the same sense of awe I experienced.


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