LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As the news of the tornadoes spreads across East Texas, people in the area want to help.
Officials in the area where the storms did the most damage have said at this time they are not prepared to organize these efforts.
However, a Lufkin family is gathering food donations to make hot meals to those affected, while they wait.
"They had clothes yesterday and now they don't. They may have had a loved one yesterday and now they don't," said Jennifer Jackson, co-owner of Shorty's Smokehouse.
While getting ready to go, Shorty, Jennifer's husband, told her he wants to help the tornado victims. Soon, Shorty wrote a Facebook post to collect food and donations to serve hot meals.
"It's something that you do. When your neighbor needs help, you help your neighbor," said Shorty, who owns Shorty's Smokehouse. "I think a lot times we try to figure out, is this something we should do? And I think this is a pretty simple answer. If you have the opportunity to help, and there's a need then yes, you go help."
Shorty said he'll take his mobile business to Canton when officials are ready to receive help and make food.
"Packaged food is amazing in an emergency situation, but it's just some of the comfort of eating a hot meal that somebody took time and effort to do. That is more to me homey," Jennifer said.
The American Red Cross in the Deep East Texas region is on standby after contacting disaster relief officials in North Texas.
"We're in close communication with those people, but right now the North Texas region leadership is still looking at exactly what the situation is and what they need," said Scott Brawley, Disaster Relief Manager. "We're standing by for them to tell us what they need and we'll support them."
The Red Cross said when officials indicate they are ready for help, they will be in need of volunteers.
Shorty and Jennifer are accepting chicken leg quarters, canned corn, green beans, bread, food containers, and water. Please call 936-635-2253 for more details.