HOPE Center Brings New Orleans to Lufkin

Dozens of Katrina storm victims from New Orleans are still living in East Texas. Many of them are now calling Lufkin home. This Christmas, the HOPE Center of North Lufkin is turning their community into the 'Big Easy.' The agency is hosting "Christmas in New Orleans."

All Hurricane Katrina evacuees are invited to celebrate the season with a big feast, but the meal won't be an ordinary holiday dinner.

Linda Pendland, HOPE Center director, said, "'Christmas in New Orleans' is just to say to our newcomers that are here that, instead of the traditional Christmas celebration that we have in East Texas, we're going to do it New Orleans style with crab gumbo, crab boil -- just the whole fixins'."

"Christmas in New Orleans" starts at noon December 20th at the HOPE Center of North Lufkin. There will also be a Christmas gift giveaway for adults and children from New Orleans now living in Lufkin.