Blessings from Lunenburg

Published 10:09 am Wednesday, June 20, 2018

We here at Farmville Newsmedia have the responsibility of providing news coverage to Lunenburg County through, of course, The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch, Charlotte County through The Charlotte Gazette and Buckingham, Cumberland and Prince Edward counties through The Farmville Herald.

Occasionally we’ll write stories that apply to all five counties and should therefore be used in all three publications. Sometimes people from one county will make an impact in one of the neighboring counties, giving us a neat crossover story.

One of the more unlikely crossovers would involve Lunenburg and Cumberland counties given the distance between them, but that is a story we recently had the opportunity to tell thanks to the Kindness Matters club at Central High School.

The club, which has done great things for the community right here in Lunenburg, has been blessing Cumberland recently by helping out with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity’s first home build in that county. Around 20 students from Central aided in the construction of the house that Pam Mullins and her 16-year-old daughter, Jenice Crump, are moving into.

Jean Kunath and a couple students from Central were on hand for the recent home dedication ceremony. Events like those give a vivid picture of what a Habitat for Humanity home build means to the family that is moving into it.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Mullins said after the dedication. “It’s been two years coming, and I didn’t think I was ever going to have a new house. I was in an accident a couple years ago, and I broke both of my legs, and so now I can’t work a job-job, so it’s been hard, and this is just a blessing.”

Using Google Maps, the fastest route from Central High School to the Mullins’ home involved a 96.6-mile round trip. Central students took a bus to make the trip, but it was mentioned at the dedication that a few were late and missed the bus one time and still found a way to get there anyway.

We want to commend the people who make up Central’s Kindness Matters club for their powerful work. The Mullins family and those associated with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity have ample reason to think well of Lunenburg County and the people it produces thanks to your example.