SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Flood water missed the living area of Elwyn LeBaron's house in Bridge Creek by four inches last month, so he decided to cook a Thanksgiving meal for his neighbors, whose houses were destroyed by the Intracoastal Waterway's historic flooding.
"Hopefully everybody gets full and takes a nap and takes a little break from working on their homes because most of them have been going 24/7," LeBaron said.
Christine Schwenke and her family went over to LeBaron's house for the holiday meal Thursday. Their kitchen is a shell right now.
"I'm used to cooking and having family here, so it's very hard," she said. "But I'm also very fortunate I have good neighbors and friends. The neighbor next door, he won't let me do anything."
The Schwenke family spent Thanksgiving day putting insulation in the walls.
Volunteer groups helped them gut the house after the flooding.
"My goal is to be in our house by Christmas whether that's going to be fully done or not," Schwenke said.
Christmas preparations are on pause right now.
"This is usually my decorating weekend too," Schwenke said. "That's usually when the tree and the lights outside and all that stuff go up. I'm not sure this year."
Chad Davis also said the holidays feel different this year. He's been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to get his house next to the Schwenke's fixed up. He doesn't plan to stop until it's done.
"You're not really thinking about Thanksgiving," Davis said. "I woke up this morning and thanked the good Lord for what I have. I haven't thought about Thanksgiving. I have too much work to do."
However, LeBaron thought about Thanksgiving for him.
"Words don't even," he said. "I suppose that's where the good comes out in everybody when something bad happens. He's a good neighbor. He's done a lot for us."
Schwenke said she's thankful for everyone who has helped her family over the past month.
"It's been a blessing those who have stepped forward and said this is what I can do for you, so we're very thankful," she said.