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Brookshire Brothers employees clean up Lufkin's Ellen Trout Zoo

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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 Brothers employees spent Friday at the Ellen trout Zoo in Lufkin working in various areas to clean up the Ellen Trout Zoo.

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

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

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

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

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

The event started as a way for Brookshire Brothers employees to give back to the community that supports them.

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

The workers helped with everything including building animal pens, planting gardens and painting an animal clinic.

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

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

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

After a long morning, the Louisiana Fish Fry Products company had a full Cajun style lunch for all of the volunteers and zoo employees.

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