The Hallmark Channel is known for its Christmas movie marathons, but this year it's bringing some real-life holiday magic to one Alabama town in Lee County. The channel is presenting new homes to 15 families who were left homeless after a deadly EF-4 tornado struck Beauregard, Ala. on March 3. The storm left 23 people dead and dozens injured and demolished multiple homes.
Hallmark built three of the 15 homes while community-wide recovery group Mend, established by the East Alabama Medical Center, built three more homes. Various other companies built the rest of the new homes.
AL.com reports that the act of kindness is part of Hallmark's "Hometown Christmas," an initiative to help communities in need this holiday season.
Hallmark will also serve a 400-person holiday meal to tornado victims, first responders and church members who helped with recovery efforts. The meal will be served at the Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, Ala. The network will also plant a living Christmas tree in town and arrange a visit from Santa Claus to bring toys to Lee County children.
"Project Christmas Joy," a one-hour special featuring Beauregard's holiday celebration will air on Dec. 10 on Hallmark Drama.
Hallmark will also visit David City, Nebraska as part of their Hometown Christmas initiative to transform the city's downtown into a holiday wonderland.
Hallmark is gearing up for another season of movies to keep you in the Christmas spirit. New movies to watch for this year include Christmas at Dollywood, featuring an appearance by Dolly Parton, and the Blake Shelton-produced Time For You to Come Home For Christmas, starring Alison Sweeney and Lucas Bryant.