The next time you find yourself railing against “large, soulless corporations,” think again.
Two large, national corporations – corporations that have declined to be identified – yesterday offered to pay the entire costs for the funerals of all 23 victims of last Sunday’s tornadoes that ripped through the Beauregard community of eastern Alabama.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirmed the offer yesterday. “I received the two phone calls today from two large corporations within thirty minutes of each other offering to pay for the funerals for the 23 victims. This will be a huge relief for the families especially for those who have multiple victims they need to bury. This will ease a huge expense as these families continue to mourn,” Harris said, adding, “It came out of the blue.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook, “What a wonderful blessing this will be for the families who have lost loved ones!” adding a big “thank you” to the two corporations.
Officials with the two companies are still working out the details.
The names and ages of all 23 victims who died in what was said to be the deadliest tornado in nearly six years were released yesterday. The youngest victim was six-year-old Armondo “AJ” Hernandez; 89-year-old Jimmy Lee Jones was the eldest.