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Church gathers more than 3 tons of food for ETX food pantry

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ETX church collecting food for St. Paul Children's Foundation ETX church collecting food for St. Paul Children's Foundation
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

A Tyler church has collected more than 7,000 pounds of food for an East Texas food pantry. 

Jonathan Ellison is the Executive Pastor for CrossPointe Community Church in Tyler. Ellison said for the last four years, they have made it a competition between the women and the men of their young adult bible class to see who can raise the most food for Saint Paul Children's Foundation. 

He said thanks to a very generous East Texas community, they will be able to serve meals to more than 1,000 East Texans. 

"I was just blown away by what God has allowed us to do. It's all his glory, it's all him. We are just doing what we are called to do and be his hands and feet and we took a leap of faith and said, 'Lord, we would really like three tons, six thousand pounds.' And he just said, 'Okay, I'll give you that and more because you are feeding my people,'" Ellison said. 

The food will be loaded up and delivered to St. Paul Children's Foundation's food pantry on Saturday. Ellison said this is the first time the men have won their competition. Their prize? The women will have to serve the men at this year's Thanksgiving dinner. 

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