SALVATION ARMY CELEBRATES WEATHERING THE STORM

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By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Bethany Miller

TUSCALOOSA – Five years after the devastation that left the city in pieces, the Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa finally unveiled itself in February of this year.

“We all have stories to tell on April 27 at 5:13 p.m.,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. “But what has struck me the most is that our story isn’t finished, today we begin to write a new chapter.”

Wednesday, in remembrance of the storm that destroyed their previous shelter, the Salvation Army held a ceremony to thank the citizens that helped rebuild their Center of Hope.

The Board of the Citizens of Tuscaloosa worked tirelessly over 60 months to raise the money needed to fund the project.

“All I can simply do is say thank you to you,” said Major Ronnie Raymer, a corps officer with the Salvation Army. “I thank the city, the advisory board, the women’s auxiliary, the employees, the soldiers and the company’s that have given so generously.”

In memory of her late husband, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary member, Ramona Pogue, has donated a poster representing the inaugural year of the Salvation Army.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a better or prettier building than this one right here,” said Pogue. “It’s somewhere where they can come and worship, have free meals and have a place to stay. So maybe when people come in and see this, it will give them an expiration to know that they may be down right now, but they’re not out.”

Although Tuscaloosa was down five years ago today, time has shown that this city, and these people, will never be out.

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