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Sign of the Times

Everyone can help during this COVID-19 outbreak. It doesn’t matter what your skills are or what industry you work in, you can do your part to help out your fellow man right now. Just ask Alan Wilson, president of Metro Signs & Wraps. 

When Gov. Kay Ivey ordered all restaurants and bars to close except for take-out and delivery, Alan saw a need and jumped in to fill it. He started making signs for local restaurants detailing their carry-out options.

“You do it because you know it’s the right thing to do, and people need help right now,” Alan said. 

The signs were donated to local businesses, alerting customers to their options for supporting small businesses during the pandemic. 

Fans were quick to applaud his efforts to help the community as well. 

“Brother you are a great guy!!” one commenter wrote. “I have known you forever, and you have always gone far and beyond to help people out. … Keep up the awesome work.”

Once news of his project went public, other sign makers in the area started getting on board.

“You guys are so awesome!!” another person wrote. “Love Alan and the whole staff. They are excellent! We will always do business with you.”

The act inspired others in the sign making business. J&M Signs in Decatur started a similar project after seeing what Alan was doing for local restaurants. 

“Just what we were hoping, people to get inspired and help your neighbors!” Alan posted on Facebook. 

If you know of someone who is helping others during this time, tell us in the comments or send an email to [email protected]. 

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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