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Volunteers hoping to feed thousands in Lufkin Community Food Drive

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

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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