John Tow, regional general manager
Walmart Stores Inc.
(Editor's note: The following letter was sent to “the wonderful community of Athens, Alabama.” It was edited to comply with The News Courier letter policy.)
We are all one community
Because of the adverse situations you all have faced from the tornado, one can feel like that of losing a loved one unexpectedly. I understand that feeling.
To move forward, you must use three attributes — heart, will and skill.
Heart connects the energy from each of your own hearts to your will. The will uses the heart's enormous amounts of energy and transforms it into a calling for each of you to work together to transform your community as you face your own uncertainty.
Skill comes in ways of extending a hand to a neighbor who needs help rebuilding, while you yourself do not know what to expect in future weeks or months to come. Your skill is also the willingness to break down barriers through getting to know one another in the community.
It is important to come together during natural disasters and tragedies. Maintaining this togetherness after the moments of adversity reassures each other that future success of the community will continue. A community cannot become better if its foundation is not on solid ground.
Never giving up despite the recent tornado is critical because you all represent a bright future for your country. A future that will show others, one community rising up hand-by-hand, brick-by-brick and a community that is becoming more successful than ever before.
Each and every one of you will move forward from this moment. I do not doubt that. We are all one community. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.