Hometown Patriot: Campout for a Cause

The holiday season brings out people's giving spirit to help those who don't have much. We're highlighting a local personality who, for the last seven years, has been braving the "harsh" Lake Charles conditions to collect food for Abraham's Tent. Laila Morcos has his story in this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriot.

Justin Kase with KBIU FM is pulling double duty. Not only is he braving chilly conditions, armed with stylish double fleece attire, he's collecting food for Abraham's Tent.

The Campout for a Cause in Market Basket's parking lot started seven years ago as a way to give back to the community. Justin says,  "Last year we collected six thousand pounds of food, one thousand was meat, mostly turkeys. Right now, we have 63 turkeys and hopefully we'll get some more."

And Justin's efforts and food tonnage go far beyond Thanksgiving at Abraham's Tent. "In talking with Miss Pearl Cole, Director of Abraham's Tent, they'll be serving turkeys until June of the following year, so it's more than just feeding them for Thanksgiving and the holidays."

Abraham's Tent serves more than 200 needy people per day, per year and Justin's pile of donated goods helps get them through the year.

And Justin loves it, even though it's a little tough for a few days. "Sleeping in a tent. I've got some good down sleeping bags that are keeping me warm, so I want to thank the geese that gave their life for my warmth and comfort."

That's why Justin Kase and all those who donate this holiday season are our this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriots.

And Miss Pearl at Abraham's Tent says you can still donate throughout the year at their Highway 90 location.