At 7 a.m. Christian Dornhorst was at work at Dow Chemical. Just two hours later he had his boss's approval to leave so he could spend the rest of the day with his family serving meals to victims of the recent floods in Louisiana.
Dornhorst, who lives on the other side of the Mississippi across from Baton Rouge, said in a WashingtonPost.com article: “The Lord blessed us with all of these things. There are enough people suffering here that I can do this to help.”
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And help he did. By 9 a.m., Dornhorst, his wife, and their young daughter had spent more than $850 of their own money to buy 108 pounds of brisket—all that Sam’s Club had in stock. By 11, the meat was ready to smoke.
The only problem: Dornhorst didn’t know where he could park, and in order for the meat to be ready by dinner time, the brisket had to go in the smoker by noon.
At noon, Dornhorst, who still hadn’t found a place to set up, tossed the meat into the smoker he had hitched to the back of his truck. A curious business owner who came to check out the situation eventually led Dornhorst to the Celtic Media Centre, which has become a shelter for the thousands who are now homeless.
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The rest of the day was spent serving food: chicken and sausage cooked on two smaller grills, a volunteer showed up with three pot roasts, and the brisket was finally ready around 7 p.m.
Within 20 minutes the 108 pounds of brisket were gone.
After that, Dornhorst’s wife took their daughter home, but he was glad the young girl shared the experience.
“I brought my 4-year-old so she could see what it’s like when you don’t have a bed,” he shared in a WashingtonPost.com piece.
This little girl is surely blessed to have such a wonderful role model.