Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Healthy Dose of Competition

There is no better motivator than a healthy dose of competition.

My husband's place of employment decided to collect some food to give to the food bank of our community. To make it interesting, boxes were labeled with the logos of the three local college teams - and employees could place their donations in the box of their choice:

  • University of Montana Grizzlies
  • Montana State Bobcats
  • Carroll College Saints


My husband is an Ohio State Buckeye to his very core.  So - he decided to add one more box:

  • Ohio State University Buckeyes

Before heading in to work one morning, he asked me to help him find the biggest cardboard box we had. Then, he covered it in scarlet and grey duct tape (OSU team colors) and Ohio State logos and took it in to work.  

My husband works with a woman who is also from Ohio. She decided she liked his box best.  Between them, they completely filled the box with food.


I't's hard to say which team garnered the most food - although the Buckeyes were certainly a contender.  Who won?  Actually, it was the people of Montana who won.  It was a win - win: for those who gave, and those who will receive.

Sometimes the best blessings are the ones that we give to others....

Have you ever participated in a food drive competition?

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14 comments :

  1. O - H - I - O. Big game this weekend against the state above us (Michigan)

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    1. Go Bucks ... A lot of people I know will be cheering!

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  2. What a great idea! There is a huge rivalry here between U of W and WSU, and their big Apple Cup football game is this weekend. I will remember this for the food drive at my son's school next year - I bet we could double donations! Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving tomorrow :)!

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    1. I hope it helps - anything that gets more people fed is a good thing!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too. Time already seems to be flying, since my daughter got home at midnight last night!

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  3. We did an adopt a family every year at work....eight floors two wings housing multiple work units...each unit adopted one or more families and provided hampers of food and gifts and gift certificates for produce/meat/dairy. It was a fun time.

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    1. What a wonderful group effort! I bet it made a lot of people very happy!

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  4. What a brilliant idea. The telephone crisis service I volunteer with collects presents for woman and children in refuges at Christmas. And I always give something nice for the women. A treat.

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    1. How nice. I am sure the gifts are very welcome and much appreciated.

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  5. How fantastic! It reminds me of my kids' friendly food bank competitions in high school.
    Enjoy your time with your daughter! Mine gets home in just over two weeks for Christmas vacation and I'm beyond excited.
    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks Kelly. My daughter gets a really short time at home of Christmas because of winter training with her swim team, so she won't be home until the 22nd. So it was nice to have her here now, if only for a few days. I bet your kids are excited too!

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  6. My husband is on the board of a committee that provide all the food needed to make a holiday meal, including a turkey and a ham to needy families in our area every year. Families are recommended by local school counselors with the family's permission. The list grows every year, sadly. On pick-up day they also provide a room full of clothes where the families can grab what they need.
    Hubs and the other workers go right from work to these preparation meetings one day a week for months. I always bake that day and send cookies in to the workers. On pick up day I send in 12 dozen cookies. It's a little thing, but I so respect what these people do.
    I love that your husband's work turned giving into a competition. Perfect.

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    1. It sounds like your husband's time commitment to this effort is significant - but very worthwhile. How nice to supply not only food but clothing as well.

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  7. My hubby and your hubby both love the same team. Great job in collecting...and decorating!

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