PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - An Ascension Parish church does not have to look far to teach their young people a lesson in giving.
Carpenter's Chapel Church in Prairieville is collecting supplies for flood victims and they have received help from around the country.
Dr. Peter Harrington, the church's pastor, said a woman called him about a shipment of mops they were sending from a mop factory in Nashville, Arkansas.
"She said 'Well there's six to a case.' I said 'Wonderful. How many cases?' She said 'Quite a few.' I said 'Well that's wonderful. How many is quite a few?' She said '1,100!'" Harrington said. In all, the shipment should contain 6,600 mops.
The church said they also had a brother and sister who are college students that raised $1,000 in their hometown. The students then drove 17 hours to the church, found out what they needed and went out and spent it all on supplies.
"I said 'Why don't you let us put you up?' They said, 'No, she's got to be in class in the morning.' So they drove 17 hours back to St. Louis," Harrington said.
Church member Priscilla Monson read one of many letters that they have received inside care packages. She said seeing all the giving has further strengthened her already strong faith.
"It just renews your hope in the world," Monson said.
The church opens for several hours each day to distribute the supplies. They said some flood victims have broken into tears at the site of all that is waiting for them at the church.
"It has been very tiring but a wonderfully fulfilling time," Harrington said.
The church is open for supply distribution weeknights from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The church said on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 11 a.m., the group "Cajun Green Cross" will be cooking a jambalaya and burgers for any flood victims who wants to stop by.