Saturday morning over 350 volunteers
gathered to deliver boxes of food in the Lufkin Community Food Drive.
"There is such a great need in
this community, not only for people to come together to help serve but those
who are receiving," said Rev. Bettie Kennedy, Food Drive Coordinator
Food drive officials say they aren't
just delivering Thanksgiving meals to those in need, they also want deliver a
message of hope.
"It just makes you stand in awe
of His glory," said Kennedy.
The community food drive has been a
tradition since 1982 and Saturday they hope to serve 1,600 families."
Reverend Bettie Kennedy says today
organizations and churches from around the community volunteer but the event's
roots stemmed from two boxes of food.
"I was pasturing a church called
Collins Chapel CME Church and I said to the members bring enough food next
Sunday that we might give one box to a family, they brought enough food for two
boxes," said Kennedy.
Volunteers start the day by going down
an assembly line to fill boxes and then load them into cars to be delivered.
Officials say that they'll reach
families in Angelina County and neighboring cities such as Nacogdoches and Corrigan.
"It brings the community
together, it brings everyone together from different races, different colors,
different creeds," said Walter Pride, Sons of Solomon.
With over 5000 people fed this thanksgiving, Reverend
Kennedy and volunteers are just happy to do their part.
"As a person I could not have
done this it had to be the Lord," said Kennedy.
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