LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Under the hot Sunday sun at the Wal-Mart on Nelson road in Lake Charles, letter carriers from Branch 914 of the U.S. Post Office were working in their uniforms and satchels, but not carrying the mail.
"We're out here on our day off we're trying to raise money for muscular dystrophy," said letter carrier Cheryl Billeaudeau. "It's one of our major affiliates that we try to sponsor every year... All year and this is just one of the little programs that we're doing today."
Symptoms of muscular dystrophy begin around two-and-a-half years after birth and according to the Centers for Disease Control, affects one in every 3,500 males. With no clear cure for the muscle disease, the National Association of Letter Carriers is a proud partner of the muscular dystrophy association.
"If you go to see these young kids or the people who have it, they need all the help they can get," said Billeaudeau. "We find it our civic duty to do that. We want to give back to the community because that's what we do. They give to us and we give back."
The "fill-your-satchel" program is a national campaign. But this year, Branch 914 letter carriers tried to fill their satchels with enough money to help a local teenager in his fight with muscular dystrophy.
"The money is definitely going to be spent in this community," said Billeaudeau. "We try to find somebody locally we can sponsor, this year it's Devin Temple who's 17... We're trying to get him to a little camp they do."
While they continue today and every day to provide services to their community, they thank the people of Southwest Louisiana for always sticking by their letter carriers.
"We just want to thank the SWLA area for their support, and their continued support," Billeaudeau said. "They've been really generous and we really appreciate it."