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Lufkin business starts new challenge to support local child advocacy groups

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East Texans participate in cold t-shirt challenge to support Harold's House and the Rainbow Room (Source: KTRE Staff) East Texans participate in cold t-shirt challenge to support Harold's House and the Rainbow Room (Source: KTRE Staff)
Supports donate stuffed animals, clothing, and toys to Harold's House and the Rainbow Room Supports donate stuffed animals, clothing, and toys to Harold's House and the Rainbow Room
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas business is putting their own spin on the "ice bucket challenge" to raise awareness for local children in need.

The Colony apartments in Lufkin held a pool party today in support of Harold’s House and the Rainbow Room.

The colony property manager, Debbie Richardson was inspired by the ALS awareness campaign and decided to start her own challenge for a different cause.

"What we have done is frozen t-shirts and they have to unfreeze the t-shirts in the pool, put them on, and be the first one to jump into the pool," Richardson said.

Something Richardson said is a fun way to lend a hand to groups helping children in need.

“We saw a need in the community for the Rainbow Room and Harold's House," Richardson said.

Richardson challenged the East Texas community to bring clothing, toys, and monetary donations for the children that benefit from the two child advocacy groups.

“The donations were getting kind of low, so we want to help provide the little animals they could hold the tangible things they could hold in their hands and the clothing they need when they come in," Richardson said.

Those who brought donations were the lucky ones to get to put on a freezing cold t-shirt!

Richardson said while events like these help raise awareness for local children in need, she hopes people will continue to raise awareness all year around.

"I hope that everybody will not only one time a year, but all year long remember these children that are going into Harold’s House and the Rainbow Room. I hope we can help to make that transition a little bit easier," Richardson said.

Richardson hopes to raise more than $600 to give to Harold's House and the Rainbow Room.

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