As API enters the twelfth week publishing Anchored in Alabama, our team continues to be encouraged by the stories we hear from you and from local media. It is clear that our faith communities and businesses are stepping up to today’s challenges.
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Anchored in Alabama, Week Twelve
1. Cullman Church Donates Almost $3 Million to Pay Medical Bills of Over 2,000 Families
Cullman’s Desperation Church recently bought the unpaid medical debt of 2,009 Alabama families at a cost of $2,873,390.75. While based in Cullman, the church paid the medical bills of low-income and especially needy residents in 57 of Alabama’s 67 counties, forgiving families an average of $1,430.26 each. Recipients of the church’s generosity will hear about the forgiven debt in a letter.
2. Huntsville Non-Profit to Again Host Free Concerts in the Park
While the Alabama Symphony Orchestra canceled its Summer Symphony hosted at Railroad Park in Birmingham, Huntsville’s Concerts in the Park series is returning thanks to Arts Huntsville, the program’s main sponsor and a non-profit. Masks will be recommended only when residents are stepping away from their main groups.
Arts Huntsville Website: http://www.artshuntsville.org/concerts-in-the-park/
3. Talladega County Church Offers Essential Workers Free Lunch
On Thursday, members and staff of New Life Covenant Church in Talladega County served over 250 free meals to essential workers on the front-lines of the coronavirus pandemic. Pastor John Elston said that his church wanted “to have a positive impact.”
4. Boys & Girls Club Brings Kids out of Lockdown with Summer Camp
The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lee County, which typically offers a summer day camp for around 250 children, is reopening to serve 50 kids in need with meals and fun activities. While safety precautions are being taken, the program was worth hosting to make sure the children had “a safe place to go and they weren’t left to their own devices,” the club’s executive officer said.
5. Teens Surprise Lee County Deputy with Act of Kindness
A Lee County deputy was moved by a simple act of kindness from three teenagers who paid for his meal and gave him a letter thanking him for his service. Deputy Stone said the gesture made a lasting effect on his heart and that he will keep this simple letter with him to remind him of the support of his community.
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