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ETX food bank owners in accident; asks community for donations

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Just a day after surviving a serious motorcycle accident, the founders of an East Texas food bank need the community's help to feed the hungry.

During a Christian biker rally on October 1, Noah and Patsy Loviere flipped their motorcycle, putting them in the hospital.

Noah suffered broken ribs and a neck fracture; Patsy had broken ribs and a liver injury.

Upon awakening, they only had one request from their daughter.

"My mother told me not to worry about her, she said [to] feed the people of Rusk County. So I'm doing what I'm told," says April Stevens, the Loviere's daughter.

Spending 13 years of feeding those in need, the Loviere's simply find joy in taking care of others.

"All she wanted to talk about was the food bank, and she just begged me, 'please don't let the food bank close, keep it open no matter what'," says a member of the food bank board of directors, Christie Gambrell.  

But with the founders of the Henderson Food Bank in the hospital, employees are asking for support.

"We're working to see if we can get everyone involved to keep this food bank going while Patsy and Noah are out of commission. It takes a whole community to make this happen," says Gambrell.

Stevens says it's easy to volunteer, "Just come in and say I'm ready to help and we'll put you to work."

From volunteer work, food, or financial assistance, the Henderson Food Bank needs the help from the community.

"My mother helped them so I'm hoping they will help my mom and dad," says Stevens.

The money made in their resale shop, and all other donations from the community go straight back to helping people in need.

Donations can be made at the food bank, off Jacksonville Drive in Henderson on Tuesday thru Friday's between 9 A.M. and 2 P.M.

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