J.T. Darby unloads donated meat from the vehicles of local residents who cleaned out their freezers for the Sportsmen for the Hungry annual food drive benefiting Abraham’s Tent. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
(Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 9:52 AM
Dozens of cars pulled into Gordon’s Drug Store Sunday afternoon for the annual food drive put on by the area Sportsmen for the Hungry Organization to benefit Abraham’s Tent.
Organizers estimate 4,000-5,000 lbs. of frozen meat were donated and several thousand pounds of canned goods.
Sally Foret started the event 13 years ago with her late husband, Dr. John Foret, and continued the effort after his death in 2003.
Dr. Foret’s son, Ryan Foret, said donations included fish, duck, venison and dry goods.
“All of our freezer boxes are full,” he said. “I want to thank the community for coming out and donating for the cause. This has probably been the best year yet.”
Hunter Lundy, of Lake Charles, was among those who donated, giving ducks, pheasant and geese.
“As a child of God we need to feed the hungry. As servants of the Lord we want to give,” Lundy said. “We want to help contribute to Abraham’s Tent, and we want to see people get fed all year-round. I encourage everyone to give — not just food — give their money and their time as well.”
Pearl Cole, director of Abraham’s Tent, said the food drive is very important for non-profit.
“It helps out with our food budget a great deal,” Cole said. “What we’re going to collect today is going to go a long way.”
The donated food will be used to make chili, gumbo and casseroles and can be used for months.
“I thank the community,” Cole said. “We can’t do this without them.”