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Lufkin NAACP helping community at 3rd annual Red Beans and Rice Lunch

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Saturday afternoon 50 pounds of beans and 50 pounds of rice were served across north Lufkin to benefit families in need.

"We wanted to feed the hungry," said Guessippina Bonner, NAACP President

This is the third year for the Red Beans and Rice Lunch and NAACP officials say they hosted the event to not only  offer the community food but  to make sure everyone leaves  with more than they came with.

"To give someone that may not have something to eat on today is a great help," said Bettie Kennedy Watts, NAACP Member

"We're showing that you can make a good meal even if you are poor you can have a good healthy meal," said Bonner.

NAACP President Guessippina Bonner says the community rallied together to create a good meal but to also give away school supplies.

"We're not trying to supplement everything but we can help with a few pencils a few pens a little construction paper, some glue," said Bonner.

Officials say they just want to do their part to benefit the community, and while they can't provide everything families they are hoping to make the burden a little lighter.

"I want our students to be prepared so they can learn, I don't want there to be any hindrance to them," said Watts.

And set an example of giving for the community.

"What are we teaching our children then, to be selfish and say I'll take care of mine or are we teaching them to help others," said Bonner.

A lesson that officials hope will last a lifetime.

Along with the donated school supplies that were given away,

NAACP officials say they also distributed 50 pounds of beans and 50 pounds of rice for families to take home.

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