A call for help rang out from deep inside Alabama’s wiregrass. The senior citizen center in Haleburg was in danger of closing because of a budget shortfall. Town officials said the center needed $5,000 by December 31 or it would have to shut the doors.
Located beside a two-lane road in a rural town of just more than 100 residents, the Haleburg Senior Citizen Center is a gathering spot for senior citizens and the greater community. Closing would have hurt the center’s 45 members and the town’s pride.
About 30 miles away in Dothan, workers at Westside Terrace Healthcare & Rehab First read a local news report of the center’s plight and decided to act. Other individuals and organizations took notice of the story in the Thanksgiving Day edition of the Dothan Eagle as well. What happened next is being called a Christmas miracle.