Boy spends birthday giving out pizza to flood victims
A 9-year-old boy celebrated his birthday by giving out more than 300 pizzas to flood victims in Louisiana.
Carson Boutte, of Layfayette, decided to skip a party and presents this year. Instead, he decided to hand deliver pizzas to people who lost their homes in the state's historic flooding.
"We're going to give them lunch so they don't have to stop what they're doing. We're just going to deliver pizzas to neighborhoods that have flooded," Carson said.
At first, the idea was just to give out a few dozen pies with the help of family and friends, but thanks to social media, more than 360 pizzas were given out.
When Carson showed up at strangers' houses with food in hand, many residents broke out in tears.
"For a 9 year old to even think to help people. It's amazing. Everybody is here. Everybody brings stuff and for him to get 300 and something pizzas delivered. He probably didn't even have pizza but he brought it for everybody else," said flood victim Lacey Viator.
Carson isn't alone in lending a helping hand. Hundreds of people across the state are stepping up to donate, volunteer and help out families in need.
The storm system in Louisiana dumped more than 20 inches of rain over just two days, leaving rivers and creeks severely bloated. Officials said about 4,000 people remain in shelters and more than 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
President Obama is expected to get a first-hand look at the damage during a visit to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.