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Anchored in Alabama: Stories of Hope – Week Eleven

As API enters the eleventh 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.

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


Anchored in Alabama, Week Eleven


1. Police Officer in Madison Shares Positive Message After a 4-Year-Old Had Nightmare
After 4-year-old Kannon-Noelle had a nightmare about a police officer, her mother knew she had to do everything she could to help combat her daughter’s fears. So she contacted Madison police officer Blake Bell and told him about the situation. Officer Bell did not hesitate to help. He showed up at their house with a stuffed animal and said “…I promise you I’m not going to hurt you. Most of us are good guys out here. I’m pretty goofy myself.” After this encounter, they quickly became friends. This serves as a great reminder of how even the littlest things can make such a big difference.

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2. Youth Baseball Games in Birmingham Resume
With the state’s loosening of restrictions on gatherings and social distancing guidelines, some youth baseball teams in Birmingham wrapped up their first week of games since March. One baseball team called this week “like Christmas.” After having practiced virtually throughout the state-issued stay-at-home order, the players say that being able to play again shows them a whole new meaning of being on the field.

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3. Harry Connick Jr. Features UAB Staff in TV Show of Unsung Heroes of COVID-19
Five members of the UAB team were featured in a show hosted by Harry Connick Jr, “United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes.” The purpose of this show, which aired on June 21st and featured many other celebrities, was to bring national attention to the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic.

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4. Birmingham Non-Profit Delivers Lunches for Moms in Need
TJ Fountain, founder of “Margins: Women Helping Black Women” started her non-profit in an attempt to help struggling mothers buy school supplies for their children. As a result of the pandemic, however, Fountain has moved to helping these women provide food for their families. While there are other programs that also provide free lunch pickup, Fountain realized that not every mother could get those meals in those time frames – so she is addressing the problem herself.

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5. Yellowhammer Brewing Company Donates 200 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer to Huntsville City Schools
When the government ordered a statewide stay-at-home order, Yellowhammer Brewing Company halted production on their drinks and started production on hand sanitizer to help combat the low supply. After selling hand sanitizer for the worst of the shutdown, they decided to donate 200 gallons to the city schools in Huntsville to help them prepare for a safe opening in the fall.

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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. 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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