Lufkin Goodwill, Salvation Army needs help after Ike

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - More than 1.2 million people fled the Texas coast and thousands ended up in Lufkin.

"Some of the employees didn't have electricity or water, but we were all here, to help everybody locally and in shelters that needed clothing," says Annette little with Goodwill.

They've given out hundreds of clothing items.

"So far, we've given 300 plus vouchers to local people and people from Galveston, Port Arthur and Beaumont.

"We were able to feed 31,761 hot meals. I know it's a big number, but what's important is we were able to give a hot meal to a child or elderly person," says Captain Luis Melendez.

He and his crew didn't stop there.

"Here at the Salvation Army thrift store, we were able to provide clothing vouchers for 3420 people," says Melendez, valued at $11,000. But now these agencies need our help.

"Right now we stand okay. We do not need any more clothing. We had a blessing of an abundance of clothing. We were blessed to be able to provide that to everybody who came," says Melendez.

But they need monetary donations and Goodwill does need clothes.

"We are in need of gently used, resalable clothing. And we need glass items or wares, things like that," says Little.

Both charitable organizations say they are appreciative of all the volunteers.

"I just want to thank everyone who stepped up and came forward and helped us make this possible," says Melendez.

"It has been challenging, but very fulfilling to be here and lift everybody up," says Little.

The agencies say they are glad the Ike saga is coming to a close and will be prepared for anything else that comes our way.

To give money to the Salvation Army, take it to the local office at 412 South Third Street in Lufkin, go online to or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

To donate clothes to Goodwill, take them to the retail store on 301 Hill Street in Lufkin or call (936) 632-8838.