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What's Your Story: Iota - The Cart Family

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This week the dart takes "What's Your Story" to Acadia Parish, and after standing near the crawfish ponds without any luck, a rogue wind swept us off to Iota.

Billed as the small town with a big heart, Iota, we found, happens to be home to a family with even bigger hearts. 

That family is the Carts, lead by James Cart the minister at First Baptist Church.

"I always did like to help people," James says. "And I always wanted to give someone a hand if they need it."

James hasn't always been a preacher, but he has always felt compelled to serve. Cart tells us of the times he used to sell aluminum and send the money he collected to the homeless shelter, even making meals for the less fortunate each year.

Work sent James to Texas where he raised his family, but he never took time off from helping others or teaching his family to do the same.

James' daughter Valie Cart Oliver says that the lessons she's learned from her father have been inspiring, contributing directly to who she is today.

"On Christmas Eve, we used to celebrate with our children," says James. "On Christmas Day, my wife and I would go under all the bridges in Houston and just feed the homeless and bring them a meal. We knew where they were and we'd spend it with them."

Family matters brought Iota's native son back home. Once firmly planted, he quickly got to work on giving back. This time with his school uniform outreach program. The program, which James says gets bigger each year, provides donated uniforms to those families who need them most. 

While the uniform project may be the biggest, it certainly isn't the only project. The Cart Family collects toys for kids on Christmas and continues to collect food to donate to the hungry. 

And Valie's message for her dad is simple. Through all of James' work and giving, "he still carries a part of himself. He actually cracks a joke and he's dad. Everyone loves dad, he's respected. I sincerely respect my father."

Next week, "What's Your Story" takes us to Iberia Parish.

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