A com­mu­nity that comes to­gether

The Covington News - - OPINION - Sin­cerely, Ralph Staffins Covington/New­ton Cham­ber

Dear Cham­ber Mem­bers and Friends,

I wanted to write this week and let you all know that I have never been more proud of this com­mu­nity! I grew up here and have al­ways known that this is the best com­mu­nity. This week truly re­in­forced this to me. Our com­mu­nity came to­gether in a huge way to not only take care of our own, but also to love and care for the peo­ple that had to leave their homes due to the hur­ri­cane.

Thank you all for what you did to help one an­other and to help those that were truly dis­placed. I want to specif­i­cally rec­og­nize New­ton County; Cities of Covington, Ox­ford, Por­terdale, So­cial Cir­cle, New­born and Mans­field; New­ton County Schools; Georgia Power; Snap­ping Shoals EMC; AT&T; and Com­cast. Th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions have worked around the clock to re­store ser­vices to our com­mu­nity and de­serve a huge thank you for all that they have done and con­tinue to do. We are for­tu­nate to have such great part­ner­ships be­tween our City/County Gov­ern­ments, Util­ity Providers and School Sys­tem. We have also had many mem­ber busi­nesses do­nate ser­vices, food, and time to sup­port th­ese ef­forts. It was also great to see neigh­bors help­ing each other whether it be clean­ing yards, cut­ting trees, or de­liv­er­ing meals.

I also want to thank all of our ho­tels in Covington/ New­ton County be­cause they stepped up and made peo­ple feel as at home as pos­si­ble. We also saw the com­pas­sion of our faith and busi­ness com­mu­nity as they reached out to the dis­placed evac­uees stay­ing with us. I had the priv­i­lege of spend­ing time with peo­ple at the ho­tels this week and there was not a time when a meal wasn’t be­ing de­liv­ered by a church or a lo­cal busi­ness just to show th­ese peo­ple the hospi­tal­ity that Covington/New­ton County is known for. Many of th­ese peo­ple have vis­ited the wel­come cen­ter here at the Cham­ber and have told us how thank­ful that they are for all of YOUR help.

Thank you for all that you did to pull to­gether this week for each other, and for those that were most in need.

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