ACADIANA, LA --Carson Boutte celebrated his 9th birthday in an unconventional way. Instead of a party and gifts, he chose to deliver pizzas to flood victims.
"We're going to give them lunch so they don't have to stop what they're doing," Carson said. "We're just going to deliver pizzas to neighborhoods that have flooded."
KATC-TV reports Carson said he got the idea from a dream he had that he was delivering food and water to flood victims. That is when he told his parents.
"What I'm more shocked about is how many people donated," Ross Boutte, Carson's father, said. "We thought it was going to be just our family and whenever it got out through Facebook, it just looked like the love wanted to be spread all over the area."
Because of a post on Facebook, people called Domino's and ordered more pizzas for Carson's birthday. Domino's also agreed to match the first 100 pizzas.
Carson said he thought there would be 137 pizzas. He was wrong. There were 363 pizzas delivered throughout Acadiana in honor of his birthday.
"Sometimes we don't agree and we don't get along," Ross Boutte said. "But whenever there's rough times everybody sticks together and breaks through it."
Several families showed up to help Carson deliver all of the pizzas.
But Carson got the opportunity to deliver several himself. He just showed up at strangers' and family member's houses with pizzas in hand.
"For a 9-year-old to even think to help people...it's amazing," flood victim Lacey Viator said. "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."
Diane Armstrong, whose home was also flooded, said she had just started thinking about what she was going to have for lunch when Carson walked up.
"It's just so humbling especially in today's time," Armstrong said. "You don't see children that young who have such a big giving heart and that says a lot for Carson."