LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Hundreds of Lufkin volunteers made sure the legacy of long time community servant, Bettie Kennedy, continues to live on by making sure the less fortunate have a Thanksgiving meal.
It began with one person, and this year, with the help of more than 400 volunteers – it touched the lives of more than 2,000 people in Angelina County and beyond. Kennedy's son, one of the volunteers, said he knows his mother would be proud to see the difference people are making.
"It's a great feeling because it's a reminder that mom is still with us and one of the great things about the community drive, is was an event that brought people throughout the city of Lufkin, throughout social economic status independent and bring them together and introduce them sometimes for the first time," said Keith Kennedy.
Volunteers began working at 8:30 this morning and did not stop until all of the 2,000 boxes were delivered.
"What you see now, this drive, my mom would do it individually. So it started in a very small way, but its growing into something very very big so it's a gift and a blessing to share that with others," Kennedy said.