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December 26, 2007 > A unique food drive

A unique food drive

By Mona Shah

During the holidays, red bins are plentiful around town, signifying canned food drives for the less than fortunate among us. Dale Hardware in Fremont has a unique idea of how to collect these items. This year, the well-known local hardware store decided to make their Holiday Canned Food Drive into a contest between the nine departments of its store. Each department was asked to collect as many canned goods, non-perishable food packages and toys as they could. Employees were then instructed to create a display using products found in their own department.

Areas of the break room were designated for each department to build their holiday canned food display. Displays were judged on the amount of donated items as well as the department's creativity; the winning department would be awarded group and individual prizes. Each department had five days to collect their items and construct a distinctive display. "It got so competitive that we had employees coming in at night to work on the displays," says Rick Serianni, Assistant Manger at Dale Hardware.

Imaginations went wild as employees displayed the same attention to detail and creativity that Dale Hardware is known for by its customers. An amazing collection of displays were created using everyday hardware items that evolved into garlands and ornaments. The electrical department used conduit rolls, spools and a conduit garland. A sheetrock star was, as one of the judges put it, "the icing on the cake." They finished as a close second. Accounting, true to their nature, had a very precise and organized tree using items such as coin wrappers and ornaments made from spreadsheets.

By a slim margin, the winning department was "Paint." Their close victory over the Electrical Department was sealed by the quantity of items collected. As one of the judges pointed out, "Although the use of department items was appreciated more with electrical, collection of canned food was the major goal. The paint department delivered on quantity, creativity and presentation."

Although prizes were awarded to the winners, all Dale Hardware employees contributed to the real winners, those in need of a helping hand to put food on their table. Congratulations to Dale Hardware employees and the many other individuals and businesses who contribute to our community's welfare and open their hearts a little wider during the holiday season.

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