Employees at Marriott Business Services did more than dress up for Halloween. They planned and implemented a business-wide food drive, then turned it into a creative competition.
Each floor could “build” a sculpture from the cans they collected, with the theme being modes of transportation. The groups competed with each other for the best creation, all the while helping the hungry in Blount County through Second Harvest Food Bank.
Jack Neithammer with Marriott Business Services said Building 2, Floor 1 took home first place with their Project Magellan-themed creation.
As part of this year’s United Way “Can-paign” for Second Harvest Food Bank, the CANstruction event required that the Marriott employees build a canned food structure that best fit the them of “Can-Tastic Voyage - Modes of Transportation.”
Each floor formed a team for a total of four canned food structures. The employees were allowed to begin building their structures at 9 a.m. and had to finish by 3 p.m. for judging.
“Can-Tastic Voyage” guidelines stated 90 percent or more of the structure had to be composed of non-perishable food items.
Marriott Business Services collected 2,581 lbs of food during their can drive on Halloween. Michelle Hankes, United Way of Blount County CEO, said the move was a way for Marriott Business Services employees to help the community even in a tough economy.
“Marriott, knowing the economy is so bad and their people wouldn’t be able to give as much, wanted to help in other ways, so they organized volunteer activities, including the can drive,” she said.
Hankes said the employees felt a can drive was a volunteer activity that was timely and needed given the tough economic circumstances many are in. “The irony is, they ended up raising more money in their campaign than they expected.”