St. Jean Vianney volunteers honored with birthday celebration following 14 years of service

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BATON ROUGE, La.- (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44)- Sometimes it’s hard to see the silver lining of a natural disaster. When hurricane Katrina hit Arabie Louisiana in 2005, Jeannette Abadie and Claire Landry thought their lives had been washed away with the storm.

But as fate would have it, the best friends of 50 years, would end up here, at St. Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge.

At the church, they print, file, and stack worksheets for teachers who don’t have the time. It may seem like busy work to the average person but to these two, the bustle of papers and printers is familiar.

Both have an extensive history of teaching, so when they got to Baton Rouge in 2005, volunteering in a school was almost like a call to come home.

However, it’s a two-way blessing, while the work gets done, Abadie and Landry, once victims of natural disaster, feel empowered.

And while their labor of love doesn’t require payment from these students, the entire school wanted today their birthdays to be about thanking them for all that they do.

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