Christian Homes staff makes collection contest fun
pantry and area residents in need are ultimate winners
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[November 18, 2008]
The staff at Christian Homes
Inc., 200 N. Postville Drive, has been on a mission to help the
Lincoln/Logan County Food Pantry, and by anyone's standards, their
generosity has been amazing. They also had fun at the same time,
creating a contest between different departments.
The 50-plus corporate office employees were divided into three
groups that were determined by office locations. One end of the
building had about the same number of people as the accounting and
billing departments down the hallway. Information technology was
grouped with the downtown location to try to balance out staffing
numbers. They even decided to have fun with the names they gave
themselves. The three groups and their names are:
Pumpkins: executive hallway, human resources and marketing
The Turkey Club:
billing and payroll departments
Good Gravy, Develop IT: IT and
The contest was simple: to see which group could collect the most
food for the pantry.
The friendly rivalry among staff not only created a stir at
Christian Homes, but also has created a serious delivery of
foodstuffs to the pantry, and the final totals haven't been released
The project was announced at the Oct. 28 staff lunch, and there
were to be three separate counts of each group's collections to help
stimulate competitiveness. Employees also were notified as the
contest went along as to what nonperishables were needed to help
balance the pantry's supplies. On Nov. 25, the winning group will be
announced at the Thanksgiving staff lunch.
The contest was simple and, according to several staff members, a
lot of fun. Each team had its own boxes for collected food.
Collections were judged both on weight and number of items. The
winning team will get to eat first at the Thanksgiving luncheon (and
have bragging rights).
The first week's totals were very good, but as the competition
heated up, the totals became amazing. In the first week the Turkey
Club collected 117 items weighing in at 149 pounds.
The Smashing Pumpkins brought in 66 items weighing in at 92
pounds. The Good Gravy, Develop IT team started the contest with 33
items weighing in at 42 pounds.
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In the second week, the Smashing Pumpkins collected 485 items
weighing in at 603 pounds; Turkey Club, 221 items weighing in at 288
pounds; and Good Gravy, Develop IT, a solid 197 items weighing in at
The final results will be held for the luncheon, with the last
week's total included, but already totals of over 1,000 items at a
total weight of over 1,400 pounds have been announced.
Several sources have said that the food drive competition was fun
and they are considering making the drive an annual event.
The final numbers will be announced after the competition has
ended. With the weekend food drive just around the corner, it is the
donations and generosity of organizations such as Christian Homes
that will make this food drive a resounding success.
[LDN staff; files received from