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LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton Food Bank is always in need of donations, especially during the slow summer months. That's why a group of Lawton women used their talents Saturday to help to raise money to feed those in need.

The girls are recognized as the 580 Rollergirls, but aside from the competition in the arena they said their focus is to give back to the community they call home.

One in four Oklahoma children is at risk of going to bed hungry every night. It is for that reason that the Lawton Food Bank works to feed nearly one thousand families a month. However, they can't do that without the support of the community.

"We are always in need of donations. We do not get any help from the city of Lawton or the government so we really depend on our community," said Eva Marie Bryant with the Lawton Food Bank.

Lawton's 580 Rollergirls recognized this need and dedicated Saturday's bout to support the Lawton Food Bank.

"Tonight we are trying to raise money for the Lawton Food Bank because they are in desperate need of canned goods and food for our community," said roller girl, Carmen Escobedo.

Fans who attended Saturday's event were encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items.  The 580 Rollergirls hope that people who came not only got their fill of entertainment but also gained awareness to one of their community's major needs.

"Well we are from here. We are Lawton so it is always great when we can give back to the community. That is a lot of what we do is just enrich the community around us and help people out when we can," said roller girl, Crystal Mitchell.

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