SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport man, accompanied by friends and family, led a worthy mission Saturday afternoon: dishing out hot plates of barbecue to the homeless in the city's downtown area.
Devonte Mason, who developed the idea to pass out plate lunches the weekend before the 4th of July, said his drive for this compassionate cause comes from his love of Shreveport.
"For my city, I wanted to do something some type of way. I wanted to make a difference."
The 23-year-old and his family prepared 50 box lunches for those in need downtown.
They placed many of the plate lunches in a wagon and personally delivered them to folks around town.
"Food is an important thing and everyone likes to eat," Mason said. "Some people are less fortunate, some people don't eat every day."
Mason's recipients expressed immense gratitude for his kindness.
Some said a simple 'thank you' never will be enough.
"Right now, it means the world to me. I don't have any money," said Cathy Johnson, who lives in a tent in downtown Shreveport.
"There's been times where I haven't eaten in three days. It's a godsend."
Mason hopes his selfless service catches on with other people his age.
"It makes me feel like I'm helping younger people in my generation to push forward to help others," he said.
"When they help others ..., they do better for themselves."
Mason wants to make his cookout an annual service project.
And he hopes he can feed even more people next year.