Lufkin donates clothing to Haitian effort

By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Packed with supplies, these bags at the National Guard Armory are headed to Haiti.

"I was watching the news last night and everything and I heard that the National Guard was taking donations, you know, I mean I thought well that's what I can do," Heather Deaton said.

Deaton brought four bags to the Armory.

"What if that was me, what if that was my family, you know I'd want somebody to help," Deaton said.

"The Bible says when you give to the poor, you lend to God," Moses Hall, of Central Church of Christ, said. "So, you can't beat that. That's the best deal in town."

His church has delivered several truckloads of clothes to the drive. He says it's tough knowing what Haiti has endured.

"Very painful and it's one thing for it to be painful, but to show compassion is another thing and so we try to take those feelings and put them into action," Hall said.

"I knew, East Texans had it in them, they had the heart for it," organizer Donn Turner said. "But after the tornadoes before Christmas, I didn't really think that the response would be to this extent."

Turner had originally planned on filling up that trailer, but now with more bags coming in every minute, he's going to have to find another way to haul it.

"If I can't get a U-Haul truck or a Bobtail truck then I'll be making several trips back and forth to Houston," Turner said.

Across town, St. Cyprians students have been sending their support in a jar.

"We want to give money for the kids because and the parents because they don't have anything, but we have all this stuff," student C.K. Hayes said.

"I knew that the Haiti had an earthquake and I wanted to help them out," student Emma Airington said.

"They don't have anything and we have a lot," student Lauren Glass said.

Deaton says this generosity is what gives her faith in the goodness of people.

"There are good people out there that are willing to help total strangers," Deaton said.

The drive will continue through Monday. Clothes, shoes, toys and hygiene items can be dropped off at the Armory on Tulane Drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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