Paying It Forward
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 15 months, you are well aware of the utter devastation and destruction that was inflicted upon our own town of Cullman on April 27, 2011. A rash of deadly tornados swept through the state including one at 3:00 pm that ripped through the heart of downtown. Southern Accents took a significant hit. The front of our store was shattered, skylights blown out, inventory lost, but the building itself was spared and so were the lives of downtown residents, business owners and employees. It has taken a full year for all of the repairs to our store to be completed.
During our year long recovery efforts we have been repeatedly overwhelmed with kindnesses and generosities shown to us by local folks as well as those outside our community. Countless times we've received financial gifts with no name attached, only a note declaring that the gift was from a friend with well wishes of love and prayers being lifted up on our behalf. For the many gifts, prayers, and well wishes we would like to offer a heartfelt thank you!
One gift in particular touched our hearts. Ava Quartararo, a 5th grade student from Pine Plains, New York, raised $100 among her classmates to help with our recovery efforts. Ava's aunt, Elizabeth St. John is a resident of Cullman. Ava felt a special connection to our community and wanted to help. Ava presented her gift to Southern Accents owner, Garlan Gudger, last summer while she was here visiting. Now that we are back on our feet, Garlan wanted to take Ava's gift and "pay it forward". July 24 Garlan presented a check for $200 to Maddie Grimmett to repay part of the kindness he has been shown. Twelve year old Maddie is raising money to build a wheel chair lift at St. Paul's school for a fellow schoolmate Will Fowler who was recently diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. Ava, who was in town for her annual summer visit, accompanied Garlan as he presented the check to Maddie and her father, Jason Grimmett. (pictured)
Maddie Grimmett made national headlines 2 years ago when she raised over $20,000 selling her lemonade to aid the animals affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Maddie has reopened her stand and focused her fund raising efforts on this local cause. She has taken it upon herself to raise the $8,000 needed to build the chair lift which will make it easier for Will to navigate the stairs at school. You can find "Maddie's Lemonade For a Cause" stand on the corner of 312 9th Street SW on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.
If you would like to contribute to Maddie's fund raising efforts, you can stop by her lemonade stand for a glass of what has been called "the best lemonade I've ever had" or you can donate to the Maddie's Lemonade For A Cause fund set up at First Community Bank of Cullman.
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July 2012, Newsletter Vol. 5
We have some of the coolest antique finds this week, all listed on the New Arrivals page. We just received a wooden Army ammunitions box, some old foot pedal sewing machine bases (we think will make awesome table bottoms), an antique kerosene iron, porcelain faucet handles, and more! We're always adding new antique items to our site so check the New Arrivals page often.
Our weekly special is a new feature to our website that has already proven to be very popular! Each week we will post an item that is priced to sell. Typically there is only one and each item will be sold on a first come first serve bases. This weeks Special is a beautiful mahogany Victorian chair, circa 1890's. The chair contains all original wood and only needs a bit of attention to return it to it's full glory! This chair is priced right and will go to the first person to call or come by the store and claim it!
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*Correction... Last week we posted that Celebrate Cullman would be held on Saturday, August 3rd. The correct day is FRIDAY, August 3rd. We will be posting updated information on Celebrate Cullman and the Ally party on our Facebook page during the coming week.