Miracles Still Happen

August 18, 2020

Today bad news spreads faster than good, but in this day and age, good news is a breath of fresh air and miracles do still happen. It happened for the Salem American Legion Post 128, thanks to some generous companies that honor and appreciate those that served our country and paid a huge price: our veterans!

It all started when Beth Harrell, General Manager of the Salem American Legion, and Harold Kocher, Commander, realized the roof needed to be replaced. The old building sat empty for six years, taking a toll before it was rescued by the Legion.

Beth and Harold started a fund for a new roof so Legion members as well as the general public could make donations.

In came the folks from Alpha and Omega Construction and Roofing Company out of Salem, who specialize in roofing and gutters, as well as general contracting, siding, windows, and anything for exterior remodeling.
Alpha and Omega Construction Company owner Justin Matthews noticed the shingles and roof were in bad repair, so he and his company crew reached out to General Manager Beth Harrell and Commander Harold Kocher because of their heart for veterans. The work began with the insurance company after a complete inspection.

After finding out what was needed, the plan for the 60 squares of roofing project started coming together. Following a number of insurance inspections going back and forth, Alpha and Omega Construction Company realized the Salem American Legion at the time didn’t have the funds needed. So not being strangers to giving back to the community, especially the Top 3 Mission Salem, Broken Chains, Andrews House and numerous other selfless acts of kindness including local kids baseball teams, the folks of the roofing company decided to take on yet another project for the veterans: Alpha and Omega decided to step up and spearhead this worthwhile project.

Pictured are the wonderful crew of Alpha and Omega Construction.

Alpha and Omega donated the roof labor, equipment and disposal, while the wonderful folks of Owens Corning donated the shingles. ABC Supply out of Collinsville donated everything else. Modern Woodman of America Insurance Company, with 80 different branches all over the country, donated $2,500 to help.

So when all is done, the $35,000 plus project won’t cost the Legion anything. In my meeting with the guys at Alpha and Omega, it was with a big heart they gave, and in my meeting with Beth Harrell of the Legion, it was with a grateful heart and tears in her eyes she accepted for the veterans of the Salem American Legion Post 128.

Beth said, “Salem has been wonderful to us. But because of the kindness of Alpha and Omega, and the others that donated, we’ll have a new roof. This is amazing, just amazing.”

I asked Beth what else was on her wish list. She smiled and said, “Well, it’s an old building, so the roof was a huge gift. The next projects would be new windows, air conditioning, and blacktopping.

knowing the wonderful folks in this area, I’m sure it will get done. And certainly, no one deserves it more than our veterans!

Let me leave you with this thought: “ ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.’ ” Revelations 1:8

Pictured above (L to R) are Clayton Simmons, lead salesman; Beth Harrell, Salem American Legion General Manager; and Russell Sanderson, General Manager.