YOUNGSVILLE, La. — One day before his birthday, Louisiana native Carson Boutte, 9, told his mom that he wanted lunch on his big day, and not for himself, but for the flood victims.
“Really, I know all the poor people whose houses flooded, … what I would really like to do is bring them lunch,’ Carson told his mom, Lanie Boutte, according to The Advertiser. “I suggested sandwiches and chips, and he added cookies.”
But later that night his dad suggested they provide pizza instead, so she decided to set aside $100 for the pizzas and would post the idea on Facebook in case another person wanted to help.
She published the post Friday night and by Saturday, the post had gone viral and people all over Louisiana wanted to volunteer to help.
In addition, the family also received help from a local Domino’s who offered a special rate to those who mentioned Lanie’s name and cause.
In total, more than 363 pizzas were served to flood victims and rescue crews.
“Carson’s thing in life is that he wants to be a soldier, and he loves anyone in a position like that — cops, firemen,” Lanie Boutte said. “But he was in disbelief. He couldn’t believe how many pizzas we had.”