As API enters the fourteenth-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 Fourteen
1. Anonymous Donor Gives Car to Tuscaloosa Restaurant Employee
One example of homegrown kindness was caught on camera in Tuscaloosa where an anonymous donor donated a brand new car to a local Taco Casa employee. The employee had recently lost his means of transportation and was instead walking to work. The determination of the employee inspired the donor to buy him a fully paid-off car.
2. Over 280,000 Eggs Donated to Alabama Food Banks
Cal-Maine Foods donated almost 281,000 Alabama-produced eggs to food banks across the state last Friday through the Feeding America Food Banks network. The goal is for the eggs to go to families who are in need due to the coronavirus. The Alabama Trucking Association also helped in the effort.
3. Toyota Begins Production of a New Engine at Its Alabama Plant
As businesses begin to reopen, the Toyota plant in Huntsville is roaring back to life with a $288 million plant expansion. The expansion, which will bring around 450 new jobs to the Huntsville area, launches the production of a new engine and will be the plant’s fifth expansion since it opened 17 years ago.
4. Nonprofits Join Forces to Help Those in Need
The Foundry Ministries, a Bessemer-based non-profit, gifted Sav-A-Life Shelby, a pregnancy resource center in Pelham, with $5,000 in gift cards to The Foundry Thrift Store in Pelham to be used by Sav-A-Life’s clients. After The Foundry was forced to close its thrift store along with other non-profits due to lockdown restrictions, the Alabama chapter of the National Christian Foundation started the Alabama Covid-19 Relief Fund to help the thrift stores by purchasing gift cards at a discount that could be redeemed after the lockdown had ended. Thanks to NCF’s generosity, The Foundry is now able to give back to other organizations.
5. Auburn Student Sees Business Success Despite Lockdown
Brock Murphy, a junior at Auburn University, started his business, Burn Nutrition, which makes healthy flavored teas in February. However, when the lockdown restrictions and end to in-person classes at Auburn only a month later set him back, he was able to adapt. By introducing new promotions, building up an online presence, and working with suppliers, he has been able to succeed and even increase staffing.
Anchored in Alabama is a weekly publication and selected news aggregate of the Alabama Policy Institute that is updated every Wednesday. If you know of a story that could be highlighted in this publication and would like to submit it for review, please email communications@alabamapolicy.