Dec 4, 2013 6:10 PM by Kristen Holloway
Giving thanks and helping those in need is the reason for the season. That's why a 12-year-old from Opelousas helped feed more than 90 families this holiday season.
"It's important for me to give back, there are less fortunate children my age who do not have enough food to eat," said Courtland Reed. "I mean I can go into the refrigerator some children do not have that opportunity."
After seeing a food drive on T.V, 12-year-old Courtland Reed told his parents he wants to help feed families every Thanksgiving. Now in his third year, he collected more than 800 pounds of food enough to feed more than 90 families.
"It was cold and it was rainy and he stood out there, we were in the building and he collected the food so I have to give him the credit for that," said Courtland's Dad Allen Reed. "We did absolutely nothing but let him use the place as we do every year."
Interfaith Council on Needs in Opelousas serves about 250 families a month and Volunteer Director Dana Reed says food drives like Courtland's are a tremendous help.
"Truly a blessing for us for use because thats just one student, one individual at his young age creating such an impact in our community for us," said Reed.
Next year Courtland plans to add a clothing drive and hopes to collect 1,000 pounds of food, 200 more pounds than this year.
"I keep on doing it because there are still homeless people and people that cannot afford to get enough food," said Courtland.
"Courtland is definitely a go-getter he develops a plan and he executes and at a the end of the day it was a success," said Reed.
If you need assistance or would like to donate call I.C.O.N.S at 337-594-8845.