By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Ashlyn Irons

Residents in Aliceville and the Sapps community are standing strong and moving on after a tornado ripped through their communities Feb. 2.

Monday night they gathered at Aliceville Baptist Church to do something unique in the midst of recovering from a tornado; Thank God.

“God is the God in the good and in the bad times, and so we thank him and praise him all the time,” said the Rev. Charlie Wilson

The “Thank God Rally” focused on thanking God for lives spared and also a quick rebuilding period.

Aliceville Chief of Police Tommie Jones, who was first to respond to the scene that dark day in February, said the community pulled together and got a lot done in a short time.

“From one to 10 now, I’m going to say about an eight,” he said. “Because of the community just coming in, saying even now, what can we do? What services can we render, whether its food or even clothes. Whatever you need, just give us a call.”

“It’s going to take a lot more than wind to knock us down,” Wilson said. “We’re going to stand together and reach out and minister to folks who need help.”

If you want to help those in Aliceville and Sapps, you can drop off laundry detergent, household items, dishes and toiletries to Sapps Community Center on Saturday.

For more information, contact Wilson at 205-399-6154.

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