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Hundreds deliver Thanksgiving meals in Lufkin food drive

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Thanksgiving is just a week away and more than 1,500 families received a full Thanksgiving meal Saturday morning.

"We have an assembly line, a list of people, we get people to deliver it literally will take from 8:00 a.m. to noon," said Inselmann.

The community food drive is a 31-year-old tradition in Lufkin.

"It's not just about giving food, it's about giving hope," said Bob Inselmann, Angelina County Judge.

 In 1982 it started with one church congregation, each member bringing a box of food, now the effort has had a ripple effect throughout the community.

"People of all denominations, all walks of life and you can tell from the vast amount of people here today, that they came to work, to make someone else," said Rev. Bettie Kennedy, Food Drive Founder.

Food drive volunteers deliver Thanksgiving boxes throughout Angelina County and neighboring cities such as Nacogdoches and Corrigan.

And they believe those doing the giving and receiving are forever changed by the act of kindness.

"It reminds people to be thankful for everything that we have, we're able to other people's homes and meet them," said Inselmann.

 Lufkin High School senior Taylor Johnson has volunteered for five years and she says it's because she's grateful for everything she has and she hopes to do her part in giving to others.

"When you give back it puts joy in your heart," said Johnson.

Reverend Bettie Kennedy founded the food drive and she says volunteers are doing more than just delivering meals.

"Proverbs 19:17 says, when you give to the poor you lend unto the Lord and great is your reward," said Kennedy.

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