East Texans replenish food pantry shelves for MLK national day of service

The Deep East Texas Council of Governments and Retired and Senior Volunteer program (DETCOG, RSVP) will honor the Martin Luther King Holiday by giving back. East Texas volunteers and staff members will join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in making Martin Luther King day "a day of service."

By working together to tackle problems in East Texas, canned goods and toiletries will be collected for the next two weeks to replenish local food pantry shelves.

"Each year the retired and senior volunteer program participates in the national day of service for MLK, and we collect non-perishable food items and toiletries to disburse among our food pantries in the 12 counties of deep East Texas," Pam Dunn, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director, said. "This is our third year doing this in the 27th year of the national day of service."

Canned good and toiletries will be collected January 14 - 21 in Center at the Center Senior Center, City Blends and TANtalize. In Hemphill, drop off locations are the Hemphill (Sabine County) Senior Center, Hemphill Public Library, and Brookshire Brothers.

During January 14- 24, items can be left at your local senior center in Corrigan, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and Shepherd, and at the DETCOG office in downtown Lufkin.

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