Hometown Patriot: July 10, 2013 - John Williams - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hometown Patriot: July 10, 2013 - John Williams

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

This week's Hometown Patriot saw a problem and found a solution.  Barbe High School junior John Williams rallied a group of volunteers recently to help out a local food pantry.  The adults and youth spent their Saturday morning replacing the floor of the Faith and Friends Food Pantry near Chennault.

"My church has donated to the food pantry before," said Williams, a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.  "My youth group has brought food up here and also Scouting for Food... that program brings food up here.  So I've made trips up here and seen it.  Hey, they needed work, I needed a project, what can I do and it was the floor."

The workers moved all the food out of the pantry and replaced the building's rotten floors with plywood.  They were recruited by John as part of his Eagle project with Boy Scout Troop 107.

"It was in bad shape and I could see how difficult it was.  I had been up here and seen so many people coming in and out who were receiving food.  I really wanted to be able to do something." 

John had no trouble finding volunteers to help. 

"He does a lot of things that most kids his age don't do," said Dr. Rod Rentrop, one of the adults who volunteered to help John.  "I think a lot of it is because of his support and what he learns through Scouting and Eagle Scouts and all that."

Clients of Faith and Friends Food Pantry now have a new, smoother floor to walk on, thanks to John Williams and his crew.

The Faith and Friends Food Pantry is located at 4009 Legion St. in Lake Charles, right across from CARC.  For more information, call 337-439-9494.

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