An ongoing project of the Grand Island Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has been the collecting of Best Choice Bar Codes to support clean drinking water. This project started in 2007 when Betty Larson was International Chair and Judy Wagoner was co-chair. The first check redemption in 2007 was for redemption of 5,000 bar codes and the bonus money. At that time only a few stores in Grand Island and Kearney carried the Best Choice Products.
At the 54th Biennial Convention of the Grand Island Diocesan Council of Catholic Women fifty dresses, four shorts, 5,700 Best Choice Bar Codes and over $50.00 was collected for Mission II Haiti.
Over eleven years ago the Service Commission began collecting the Best Choice Bar Codes as a way to raise money to support clean water for our brothers and sisters in the third world. Several years ago we learned of a non-profit, non-denominational organization based in Kearney NE that go to Haiti several times a year working to provide clean water for the people of Haiti by repairing and placing pumps over open wells.
AWG acquired Affiliated Foods in 2016 so more stores in the Diocese carry Best Choice products. Over 139,00 Best Choice Bar Codes have been redeemed, resulting in over $29,658 being forwarded for the Water for Life Project and currently to Mission II Haiti.
It’s a BIG help when the Bar Codes are trimmed and counted. What is required is the Bar Code with the numbers at the bottom 70038 xxxxx that shows the Bar Code is for Best Choice Products.
The Mission II Haiti group will be returning to Haiti October 1st
. If you have dresses and close to Wood River you could drop them off at St. Mary’s Church entry prior to that date. The Bar Codes will be redeemed late November so bring them to your Fall Diocesan meeting.
Please continue to support this program, buy the Best Choice products, save the bar codes and bring them to designated spot in your area. Check the GIDCCW Website atwww.gidccw.org
and join us on Face Book for more information. You can also follow Mission II Haiti at www.MISSIONIIHAITI.ORG
and on Facebook at Mission II Haiti.
Mail to: Judy & Mary Frances Wagoner, 1411 Walnut Street, Wood River, NE 68883