LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - October is nation anti-bullying month. As groups around the country to educate the public, a Lufkin based group held a clothing and toy drive to bring awareness to East Texas.
Saturday the Anti-Bullying Children organization held a clothing and toy at the 300 of Timberland Drive.
About a dozen Lufkin area kids shared their stories of abuse with those that would listen.
10-year-old Dominique Wright said she has been bullied her whole life. When Wright was just two years old she had a stroke. Wright escaped the life-threatening event with minor injuries. However, there isn't a day that goes by that she isn't reminded of them.
"I get bullied at school," said Wright. "They say i walk like a duck."
This is because Wright has a limp.
"I feel sad. I walk away from them," said Wright.
However, Wright isn't alone. 13-year-old Mariah Kilama said gets bullied for how she talks and for being too skinny.
"It makes me feel sad and want to eat more so I won't be talked about," said Kilama.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services about 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school.
Lufkin resident Big Angie has lived through years of bullying, she said instead of letting it control her she decided to control the situation.
About three years ago she started educating East Texans about the dangers of bullying...
"So I decided to start an organization," said Big Angie. "This is something dear to my heart."
Saturday Big Angie and other victims took the time to educated and share their stories with the public at a toy and clothing drive held by the Anti-Bullying Children Group.
Big Angie said she hopes having events like this will give the kids strength and confidence to deal with their bullies.
The 20-year-old community advocate said it's not just name call sometimes the bullying can get violent. She said this is why it's important to address the issue and protect those that have a hard time protecting themselves.