Thousands of East Texans are struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. Harmony Hill's monthly food drive serves those in need. And organizers say the need continues to grow.
The need has more than doubled since January. They say its people who have been coming for years but also, quite a few new comers. And several of these people say they want nothing more than a new beginning, and they're working hard to make it through these hard times.
Loyce Harrell and Rosie Davis are grateful for the food they receive at Harmony Hill's monthly food drive.
"I just thank God for them for opening their doors up and giving us food, that's a blessing," said Loyce Harrell.
Helping them to get through the week.
With no car, or house, both women stay at Petty's Motel in Lufkin.
"I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make things work for my family," said Harrell.
Harrell walks 45 minutes to get to Pizza Hut, where she works as a waitress.
"I'm still struggling as well but I can't be mad," said Harrell.
Davis says she can't find a job, due to major medical problems. She was receiving housing aid but lost it when mold started growing in her apartment.
"I was on HUD and HUD demands them to get things properly fixed so instead of them fixing it, they told me they wanted their unit, they wanted me to move." said Davis.
Social security income helps her stay here, but she's left with 100 dollars a month for other expenses. She journals about the emotional and physical pain from her past, and prays for a new start.
"I was hit in the mouth with the back of a rifle, shot gun and it broke all my teeth out in the front. I don't have any. I can't hardly eat," said Davis.
Although it's difficult for her to wake up some mornings, she says that God has kept her alive for a reason.
"I want to get my mouth fixed, that's, that's the most important thing to me, because I want to smile," said Davis.
For now, Davis appreciates all the blessings offered to her.
"I'm doing the best I can and sometimes I get behind on my rent here, but I want to be out of here and I want to better."
So she can find peace and the smile she desires.
Harmony hill hosts their food drive at the Mission Texas Food Pantry in downtown Lufkin the third week of every month.