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Brookshire Brothers employees clean up Lufkin's Ellen Trout Zoo

Brookshire Brothers employees work on a new animal pen (Source: KTRE Staff) Brookshire Brothers employees work on a new animal pen (Source: KTRE Staff)
Brookshire Brothers employees work on a new animal pen (Source: KTRE Staff) Brookshire Brothers employees work on a new animal pen (Source: KTRE Staff)
Brookshire Brothers employee working on landscaping in animal enclosure (Source: KTRE Staff) Brookshire Brothers employee working on landscaping in animal enclosure (Source: KTRE Staff)

Brookshire Brothersemployees spent Friday at the Ellen trout Zoo in Lufkin working in variousareas to clean up the Ellen Trout Zoo.

It is the  11th year the company has held the event atthe zoo.

With a broken foot, volunteerKate Knop was worried she would not get to help clean up the zoo, but once shewas cleared there was nothing stopping her.

"The project means a lotto me," Knop said.  "I was going to comewith my broken foot and I figured they could find something for me to do."

Some of the workers at theannual zoo work day are veterans and others like Knop are new.

"If we can contributeand don't use their resources then it is a good idea," Knop said.

The event started as a wayfor Brookshire Brothers employees to give back to the community that supportsthem.

"Monday throughFriday I work in an office with no windows so it is good to get outside and bein the fresh air and get to do something that is helping our community,"employee Donna Havard said.

The workers helped witheverything including building animal pens, planting gardens and painting ananimal clinic.

David Crain has helpedwith the event for 10 years and said the support just keeps growing.

"I wasn't reallysurprised at the input that went into it from the people that work for Brookshire's,"Crain said.

These volunteers hopetheir service inspires others to join their efforts next year.

After a long morning, the Louisiana Fish FryProducts company had a full Cajun style lunch for all of the volunteers and zooemployees.

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