LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Justin Roberts and Hank Barbe know what it means to not have hope. Roberts was a chaplain and Barbe a medic when they served overseas in the Mideast. Now, they’re showing what hope is all about in a YouTube docu-series called “Do Good.”
“Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Laura were never a conversation the country had,” said Roberts. “How do we respond to these storms? How do we do this better for the next disaster? Our goal is to simply put a spotlight on the disaster and the aftermath, in the hopes that we can make a direct impact on the charities that are on the front lines of help in this community.”
When Barbe arrived here after the hurricanes, he was taken back by what he saw.
“I didn’t see people fighting about this and this,” recalled Barbe. “I saw people looking for food, finding food and feeding their neighbors. I saw people hooking up generators for their next door neighbors. People with chain saws cutting trees off their neighbors’ yards. I saw this world where everybody was doing good.”
“A lot of people were already facing financial hardship from COVID,” said Roberts. “Then we got hit with back to back disasters and most recently the ice storm. So, this is a hurting community. It’s time for us to start having a conversation about the troubles we are going through, but also how do we find hope?”
Roberts says each time someone views “Do Good,” they automatically donate money to Southwest Louisiana charities.
“We’re focusing on the most powerful stories we came across. Then we are donating the views, the monetization of views to those charities. So that way, just by watching and sharing, you’re still making a difference.
You can view “Do Good” on their Do Good Facebook page and on YouTube. Roberts is also the producer of “No Greater Love,” a movie that won 11 film festival awards and now available on Amazon Prime.