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Dr. Graves Runs for a Cause

     Dressed in her holiday colors and strapped into her running shoes, Dr. Cristina Graves participated in Lufkin Community Partners' 2nd annual Reindeer Run fundraiser held in December at Ellen Trout Zoo.  Dr. Graves is one of the original members of Lufkin Community Partners, a non-profit organization founded in 2007.  She has been a member of the board for the past five years and currently serves as vice president.  Lufkin Community Partners mission is to help meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children or those at risk for abuse and neglect through local and state collaborations. As a runner in the 5K run, Dr. Graves says the Reindeer Run had over 460 runners participate in this year's event helping LCP raise between $6000 to $7000.  With the funds raised from Reindeer Run and other fundraisers, LCP established The Rainbow Room which stocks children's products including diapers, formula, clothing, toys, books, and other basic children's necessities.  When Child Protective Services removes a child from a home due to abuse and/or neglect, the child will utilize The Rainbow Room to help provide for everyday living items.  Along with The Rainbow Room, Lufkin Community Partners also works closely with CPS year round to provide the needed resources for at-risk families including food, winter coats, bedding, air conditioners, and more.  Last Christmas, Lufkin Community Partners also gave out over 90 Christmas gifts to children under CPS's care.  "This organization is important to me because we not only provide things children need to live, but also things to hopefully make them smile," says Dr. Graves.  

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