Lufkin clothing drive benefits Haiti earthquake victims

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –  A homegrown effort, starting Wednesday morning, aims to collect clothing, shoes and basic necessities to help the victims of Haiti's earthquake.

Lufkin's National Guard Armory is holding a clothing drive beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Volunteers hope to fill a trailer not just once but several times. A few wheel chair ramps purchased Tuesday morning by volunteers partially fill the trailer. Volunteers are urging residents to clean out their closets to help the cause.

"People just have what they managed to escape with," said Don Turner, National Guard Armory volunteer. "So, we're trying to raise enough clothing for kids, adults. They don't have to be new, they can be used."

They organization is not accepting money, just shoes, clothing and water. Turner said the collected items will be delivered to a Haitian multicultural center in Houston. The drive ends Monday.

The National Guard Armory is located at 1311 Tulane Dr. in Lufkin.

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