Tornado victims collect donated items

By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Hundreds of storm victims collected clothing and other necessary items from the Lufkin Civic Center Wednesday. This after truckloads of donations poured in Tuesday.

"A great blessing," Anthony Blake said. "I mean it was more actually, what I expected. You know, but everything people are doing is really a great help."

The tornado left many families with nothing but their lives and what they were wearing at the time. Many say they are blessed to start over with a little help from the communities. They say household items, food, and toys really make a difference.

"We got clothes," Geneva Basquez said. "Toys for our kids. Stuff that we need for our house like dishes, food, microwaves, TVs and all that. And they even gave us a wheel chair for my nephew that was disabled and we appreciate what you all did for us."

The Red Cross also distributed gift cards to help victims replace items destroyed in the tornado. Volunteers are working to organize temporary housing for the displaced and hope to have more information by next week.

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