‘Neighbors are still helping neighbors’

Left to right are St. Paul’s youth group members Alyx Bibb and Jeremiah Dake, a member of the Fultondale Fire Department and St. Paul’s Youth Group Leader Emily Trahan. (Courtesy of St. Paul’s)

CULLMAN, Ala. – After learning of the devastation caused by the Jan. 25 tornado in Fultondale and hearing a sermon Wednesday on the subject of charity, the youth group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church decided to lend a hand to their neighbors in need. The kids loaded up Saturday and took much needed supplies to the Fultondale Fire Department to be distributed to those affected by the terrible storm.

Youth group leader Emily Trahan explained, “Wednesday’s evening service, the sermon was about charity in its different forms and focused on Lydia, Phoebe and Dorcus in the Bible. With everything that has happened in Fultondale, it just seemed like the right time to seek donations, pick up some things and come down this weekend. It helped plant the seed that we should do this.”

The group asked various church committees to donate blankets and opted to use part of the youth group’s budgeted funds to purchase other items. After a trip to Costco, they loaded up with dog food, cat food, paper towels, toilet paper, water, diapers, wipes, cleaning products and hygiene items and headed to Fultondale.

Youth group members Jeremiah Dake and Alyx Bibb, along with Trahan, made the trip to Fultondale and helped unload all the items they and the other kids collected.

Trahan said she witnessed many from around the area reaching out to help the town.

“It was great to see,” she said. “We are down there in our church and school van, and we see the Catholic Diocese had brought a van of stuff and donated, and other civic organizations were down there with stuff. It’s good to see that neighbors are still helping neighbors. Nobody cared today who you voted for or which side of the aisle you sit on. They cared about their neighbor, and that’s the most refreshing thing.”

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