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Lufkin group continues ‘Cleaning Up My Hood 2021’ movement

Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 11:50 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2021 at 7:54 AM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Several men in Lufkin are seeking to make their neighborhoods cleaner while they inspire younger generations with the #CleaningUpMyHood2021 movement.

A group of men in Lufkin look to volunteer their time to clean up their neighborhoods but also inspire a younger generation to take pride in where they come from.

#CleaningUpMyHood is about really cleaning up the neighborhood,” said co-founder Jerkwenton Reagan.

Reagan said it’s about much more than that.

“Not just physically but mentally and emotionally,” Reagan said. “The way we treat each other. The way we look at each other. We fellowship with one another.”

The movement started back in May with just four people but now expanded to more than a dozen every week. They’ve received help with materials and equipment from local businesses and organizations.

“East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope, Angelina Burke Industries, Brookshire Brothers and Mr. Joe Casear at the Legacy Institute, the City of Lufkin, they come pick up our trash for us. It’s been a blessing,” Reagan said. “When you’re doing what God wants you to do, I feel like any door will open up.”

They’re going right into the heart of neighborhoods street by street trying to make a difference in the community.

“Use it in a positive note at least to the young people to give them something positive to see going on in their community,” said co-founder Kinte Williams.

Williams and Milton Browning said they hope to inspire the younger generation.

“We feel like there’s been a lot of negative going around, so we just wanted to give them something good to see in their area,” Williams said.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Browning said. “I feel good about myself because I’m giving back to the community and trying to help these kids to show them something different and do something different with their lives.”

“I always thought it took money, but it really don’t just take money,” Reagan said. “It takes time and the dedication to want to give back and having the heart to want to see others succeed. Hopefully, it changes the way you look at your neighborhood.”

Reagan said anyone can join. If interested, all you have to do is meet the group at Brandon Park 9 a.m. on Saturdays. He said they’ll continue the movement for this year until August 28th.

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