LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Christian Information and Service Center was thrilled to see nearly 500 cans being unloaded from their truck following the annual KTRE Food Drive at the Texas State Forest Festival.
Yulonda Richard was happy for the donation and said now is the time that the donation has been needed the most.
"Every can helps," Richard said. "No donation is too small. I am still in awe at what we get here at CISC and what we are capable of doing with it because of the community."
Earlier this year, CISC changed their hours to be opened an extra hour every day.
"We wanted to make sure all the people could get in and get the help they need," Richard said. "We want to make sure we can get help for everyone."
Donations to the partners at CISC and Love Inc. are more important than ever before. This time last year the group saw about 150 people a day. This year that number is up to 200 people and it is growing every week. Today, the center had 285 people come in with seven of them being new. The numbers are expected to go up.
"Thursday is our busiest day," Richard said. "We will average about 250 to 260 with probably 7 to 8 new people everyday."
Richard pointed to the massive layoffs at GE as a possible treason for the increase in foot traffic. Richard also said they have seen a lot of new people tell the group that they are new to the area and had not found jobs yet. The layoffs could also hurt donations.
"As the end of the year approaches donations always slow down but they will pick up again," Love Inc. Executive Director Jerry Spann said. "I have a lot of confidence in our community. They see the importance in Love in the Name of Christ and CISC"
Richard said she is not concerned of the layoffs because God has always provided.
"We are stretching our dollars to the last bit," Richard said. "We are not cutting back what we give people."
Richard said they always are accepting donations and are in need of volunteers at the center.