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Dec 25, 2013 9:20 PM by Kari Beal

Good samaritan provides Christmas dinner to family

--Two weeks ago KATC told the story of a New Iberia woman helping those in need. Marian Bienvenu gathered volunteers to provide gifts under the tree for families who can't afford it.
They delivered gifts via motorcycle on December 21st and touched the hearts of over 50 children. Now that woman has inspired others to make a difference.--

It may not be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, but it's certainly just as good. Todd James Labiche cooked a Christmas dinner for a family without a stove or a car.

"She had a stove and the people that loaned it to them needed that stove back," said Labiche.

He volunteered after seeing a post by Bienvenu on the Facebook page Kids without a Christmas.

"We got together with Marian for Kids without a Christmas and we decided to participate in it. When she said she needed someone to cook for a family, that fit right up me because I love to cook" said Labiche.

The meal has all the ingredients of a Christmas feast: rice dressing, brisket, cajun turkey rolls, homemade macaroni and cheese, corn maque chou and dinner rolls. Of course, like any good southern meal, everything was cooked from scratch.

While Labiche might not be fillings stockings like Santa, he is happy to know his food will leave everyone nice and stuffed.

"This is a blessing me for because i'm a single mom with two kids and i only work at McDonalds so I don't get paid that much," said New Iberia resident Amber Hunter.

Hunter said now her family can have a Merry Christmas just like you see in the movies.

"It's like god's been answering our prayers with everything that everyone has been doing for us," said Hunter

Marian Bienvenu plans to make Kids without a Christmas a non-profit organization in 2014. Anyone interested in helping their cause can join their Facebook event page or email Bienvenu at mariebpt@gmail.com

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