Friday, January 4, 2013
Perseverance pays off. For anyone who doubts that, talk to Lisa Nichols, director of the Henry Fork Service Center. It took about 30 years, but volunteers collected enough Campbell's product labels, 1.6 million of them, to earn enough points to purchase a new van for the center. The center, which offers many services for area children, picked up the new minivan last week, and it will fill a crucial need.
The van is great news, but how the center obtained the new vehicle is a testament to the dedication of many people, including the women of the Virginia United Methodist Conference from the Danville District. It is difficult enough to keep a project going for a year, and to see through such an effort for 30 years, turning in the product labels and accumulating points, is amazing.
It is also incredible that one of the center's board members, Mary Moorefield, spent countless hours cutting the bar codes off the labels and gluing them onto sheets that were then turned into Campbell's. Each sheet held only 25 bar codes. That is dedication.
The center still has about 500,000 bonus points left in the Campbell's program, so volunteers continue to collect and hope to eventually purchase some electronic equipment for students.
We are quite sure they will accomplish that goal, and we urge anyone who can to help.