Hometown Heroes - Pearl Cole

Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 7:41 AM CST
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - For 35 years, Pearl Cole has been a fixture at Abraham’s Tent, a Lake Charles feeding program. Over that time, tens of thousands of meals were served to those who needed something to eat. Cole says it was frustrating to be shutdown following Hurricane Laura.

“Our main problem was there were electric lines across the front of the yard,” recalled Cole. “Lines down on each side of the gates. So we just didn’t want to take the chance of people having to cross over those electric lines.”

Cole says Laura delayed their feeding program for 17 days after the storm. Usually serving 300 hot meals a day to those who are hungry, Abraham’s Tent is now serving almost 200 people each day. But because of the pandemic, the meals are served to go, outside.

“We’re out in the gazebo and people drive up, walk up, however. They’re still coming by bus also, using the city bus. They pick up their meals and a drink, every day, 6 days a week.”

Cole says they were able to replace food in the freezer that was lost to the hurricanes. She says those “to go” containers are her biggest need now.

“Right now, our main need is Styrofoam trays that we use, because we’re outside. People need something to take with them. That’s our major cost right now.”

Pearl Cole started as an Abraham’s Tent volunteer in 1986. She became director in 1989.

“John, I’ve always prayed and continue to pray to help somebody everyday. But John, I had no idea it would be that many, okay? The idea was always, Lord allow me to make a difference in somebody’s life every day.”

Cole is especially excited about the recent donation of a generator for Abraham’s Tent. She says the donation by Northrop-Grumman will help preserve donated frozen food in the event of another natural disaster.

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