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Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week Ten

As API enters the tenth 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 this challenge.

We continue to say ‘Thank You’ for your support of this publication. As always, we hope you find it uplifting.

Anchored in Alabama, Week Ten

1. Auburn Business Gains $143 Million Contract to Produce COVID Vaccine Packages
The race to create a vaccine for the coronavirus is on. When a vaccine is finally created, a company in Auburn, SiO2 Materials Science, will be working to create the packaging for the vaccine. The company employs around 200 engineers, most of whom are graduates from Auburn University. A $143 million contract, the packaging will be shatterproof, making the vaccine easier to transport to people in need.

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2. Hundreds Gather to Pray on the Steps of the Alabama Capitol
On Saturday, an interracial group went to the state capitol to pray for the country. According to reporting, hundreds attended the peaceful prayer time where people, from all walks of life, gathered together to pray for healing in this country.

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3. AFLAC Donates Face Shields to Montgomery County EMA
The insurance agency famous for its duck spokesperson, AFLAC, has donated 10,000 face shields to the Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency. With the growing need for personal protective equipment for heroes on the frontlines of the coronavirus, AFLAC saw this need and was able to fill the gap. This is a great example of a private company providing solutions for citizens during this time.

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4. YMCAs Reopen in Montgomery This Week
The YMCA, well known to many for its recreational activities offered to many men, women, and children, reopened its locations in Montgomery on Monday. With exercise classes, swimming pools, basketball courts, and many other amenities, the YMCA in Montgomery believes that with their reopening, they will be able to keep people safe and healthy while also having fun.

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5. Montgomery Restaurant Transforms into Grocery Store
A restaurant in downtown Montgomery turned into a local grocery during the pandemic to make groceries more accessible for people living in that area. Cahawba House on Court Street is known for its “Bama Bona-Fide” southern cuisine. Before the sudden shutdown in the city, owner Tim Essary stocked shelves with produce from area farms, sanitizers, cleaning supplies, bleach, and more. The community has been very supportive and they plan to continue to give back and help others.

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Anchored in Alabama is a weekly publication and selected news aggregate of the Alabama Policy Institute that is updated every Wednesday at noon until the COVID-19 crisis is over. If you know of a story that could be highlighted in this publication and would like to submit it for review, please email

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