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Longview organization help East Texas families with Thanksgiving dinner

With the economy slowed and a tough financial crisis all across the country, some East Texas families are having a hard time making ends meet, let alone affording Thanksgiving dinner.

But, as KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley shows us, more than a thousand East Texas families will have a Thanksgiving meal, all thanks to a Longview food drive.  

They're a long line of East Texans, and if it wasn't for the food drive...

"We'd be at home with nothing...that's where we'd be."

For Brian Cross and his family, times have been hard.

"I've been knocked down. I had surgery not too long ago and so I'm off work."

Brian, who isn't ashamed, says he's thankful for this Thanksgiving blessing.

"A lot of people don't want to be interviewed because it's hard times and they don't really want to be seen out here...I have no problem with it...and we really need to be thankful that God still has people that are willing to help each other."

Emma Freeman is raising her grandchildren, and she too knows tough times.

"There were bills that I may have not been able to pay or there may have been shoes or clothes that I may have not been able to buy for my children...It's a blessing to have someone looking out not only just for my family but other families."

For Cindy Mitchell, standing in this line is a first. Last year, her house burned down and her husband died, but still she and her kids are having a Thanksgiving meal.

"It means the world to families that have lost everything and are trying to begin again," said Cindy. "East Texas has got the most generous people that I've never seen anything like it. I never really ever thought it would be me on the receiving end...that was the one getting help."

They're getting help and giving thanks.

Organizers of the annual Thanksgiving food drive say this year was the busiest in all of their twenty four years of having the drive.

They were so busy they ran out of food, but luckily, families were still given a monetary gift to purchase food at the store.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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