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Stone Canyon Lodges’ Donation Aids Storm Victims

June 2, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Larry Stewart (left) of Stone Canyon Lodges talks to Emily Guin and her husband, Chip (in green shirt) about their new home, a park model donated by Stewart's company.

Emily and Chip Guin already had their hands full when a tornado ripped through Hackleburg, Ala., in May and destroyed their home.

Emily, a 19-year-old nursing student at Bevill State Community College, was studying for her final exams and taking care of the couple’s 5-month-old daughter, Brinlee, while Chip, also 19, worked full-time at a trailer factory.

But despite losing their home, the Guins were actually one of the lucky ones for they were given a park model cottage to use as emergency housing, courtesy of Stone Canyon Lodges, according to a news release.

“It was a team effort,” said Larry Smith, who owns the Haleyville, Ala.-based park model manufacturer. Most of Stone Canyon’s suppliers donated the necessary materials while Stone Canyon’s 33 employees donated their time to build and install the unit after completing their normal work shifts. Several Stone Canyon employees also furnished the unit with food, linens and bathroom supplies.

And, as one might expect, it was a tearful occasion when Smith and his Stone Canyon employees gathered with the Guins to present them their new home. “It was indescribable,” said Tim Canida, a Stone Canyon draftsman. “There were lots of hugs and tears of joy.”

“I can’t express how thankful we are,” Emily Guin said. “The Stone Canyon employees were so gracious. There were a few who brought baby clothes and toys. We met some lifelong friends. They are some of the sweetest people I’ve met.”

Smith said he relied on local officials to tell him which tornado victims were most in need of emergency shelter, adding that he planned to donate another park model to other tornado victims in early June.

For more information on Stone Canyon Lodges, visit the company’s website at www.stonecanyonlodges.com.

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