La­bor of Love shares pos­i­tive mes­sage on 50 farm buses

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

The La­bor of Love pro­gram has con­tin­ued its ef­forts to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Yuma area farm­work­ers in unique ways. The pro­gram has al­ways in­cluded sur­prise “ran­dom acts of kind­ness,” meals and gifts. But now the pro­gram also in­cludes a spe­cial mes­sage for farm­work­ers on more than 50 la­bor buses.

The mes­sage on the buses says “Wave if you love veg­gies — ThankAFar­mWorker.com.” The signs are be­ing spon­sored by Yuma-based Bill Alexan­der Ford. Owner Ryan Hancock has sup­ported the La­bor of Love pro­gram since its in­cep­tion and has pro­vided many gifts to the pro­gram in­clud­ing a car (won by a long-time Dole em­ployee), hun­dreds of farm boots to la­bor­ers and now these up­beat mes­sages on buses.

“We feel that these signs en­hance the pro­gram’s ob­jec­tives to of­fer thanks to farm­work­ers. We love the idea that the en­tire com­mu­nity can be a part of thank­ing them for their ef­forts with a sim­ple wave,” Hancock said.

“We hope it will mean a lot to those on the buses and for them to re­al­ize there is a deep ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their hard work and con­tri­bu­tion to the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try. The in­dus­try sus­tains this com­mu­nity and helps sus­tain our busi­ness. It’s our way of giv­ing back,” he added.

The La­bor of Love pro­gram will be wind­ing up soon and head­ing to the Sali­nas, Calif., area to con­tinue the outreach to farm­work­ers. Many of the buses will tran­si­tion to that area in­clud­ing those with the new signs.

The pro­gram started in Novem­ber 2015 in Yuma. It moved to the Sali­nas re­gion dur­ing the sum­mer months and to date has reached thou­sands of farm­work­ers in Yuma, Sali­nas, Coachella and the Im­pe­rial Val­ley.

The pro­gram was cre­ated by the Yuma Fresh Veg­etable As­so­ci­a­tion as an op­por­tu­nity to thank farm­work­ers for their ser­vice to the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try and share their tal­ents, loy­alty and in­cred­i­ble work ethic through so­cial me­dia and its web­site www.labo­rofloveyum­a.com.

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