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Canned goods donated at Texas State Forest Festival benefit local shelters

Kathy Sampley and family at the Texas State Forest Festival Kathy Sampley and family at the Texas State Forest Festival
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Kathy Sampley's family loaded up bags of canned goods before the 27th Annual Texas State Forest Festival. A discount on carnival rides is nice, but that's not why she's donating food.

"Just to donate for any reason is a good cause and to donate to any of the food banks or anything else like that is an exceptional thing to do," said Sampley.

 KTRE'S annual canned food drive is helping stock the shelves at the Buckner House and the Family Crisis Center.

"We're just thrilled with the generosity of this community towards our agency," said Family Crisis Center Interim Executive Director, Heather Kartye.

"It's always good to benefit those who are less fortunate than we are. It's just a little bit that we can do," said Hudson resident, Charlotte Huffstetler.

Kartye, says the shelter couldn't operate without donations. Those at the shelter are fed 3 meals each day with the help of the community.

"The donations from the Forest Festival tonight will be utilized, not only in our safe house for our resident clients, but also for food boxes that'll be given to clients in our 9 counties," said Kartye.

Festival-goers, like Sampley, come to the carnival for fun, but is aware of the lives her food will help. 

"There's a lot of abuse and everything that goes on in our society. So, anything we can do to help is an advantage, and it'll help these ladies out," said Sampley.

Even the kids are seeing a pay-off for their generosity.

"Every ride, the kamikaze, and yea, like different rides," said Hudson resident, Dustin Huffstetler.

But the shelters are the big winners Wednesday night.

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