An Abbeville pastor is doing his best to give back to those who are homeless in the Acadiana community.
Rev. Lawrence Levy is planning to set up a location at the Baymont Inn on the Evangeline Thruway and aims to feed and eat with 150-200 people on Saturday.
Freedom World Ministries will serve homeless members of the community that meal and will also distribute hygiene products.
Because of the pandemic, the church needs donations - from boxes of sausage and po-boy buns to toiletries and cash. Any and all donations will be distributed to the homeless this weekend.
Clothes, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essentials are also accepted.
"Before you go throw your boxes of clothes away, before you go throw your old shoes and stuff away, think about me because I can distribute it to people who need it," Levy said.
Anyone who would like to donate or sponsor a homeless person can do so as well.
Levy said volunteers will be cautious due to the pandemic, but says the homeless community is overlooked and he wants to let them know that they are not forgotten.
"These people don't eat. A lot of people give them $1, $2. A lot of them take the money and don't do the right thing with it. I just believe that when we feed them and we talk to them, it lets them know that somebody really cares. We've got food, we've got a place to say, we've got somebody that encourages us to get up if we fall down. These people don't have that," Levy said. He said he hopes that a vacant building or facility in Lafayette will be opened up to allow him to rehabilitate and teach those who need it.
"Normally, when we do our homeless fundraiser, we get people to sponsor or feed a homeless person," explained Rev. Levy. "It's roughly $7-$10. So we're asking as many people that would like to donate a $10 offering to feed a homeless person to do so."
Levy said he and those at his church have been praying for those in the community during this time and just want to get out and help wherever they can.
Donations can be dropped off at the church at 506 South Young St. Monetary donations can be made via CashApp (fwmworldwide), PayPal (lawrencelevythe3rd), or also can be dropped off at the church.
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