The can goods are stacked and the turkeys and hams are safely tucked in the freezers of more than 450 Randolph County families thanks to the hard work of MACC and Moberly Public Schools students and employees who more than met their goal of feeding 300 families Christmas dinner.
Moberly Area Community College held its 2nd Annual Golden Drumstick Challenge with a new twist for 2010. MACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson challenged Moberly Public School Superintendant Mark Penny to join MACC in raising money and food to provide Christmas dinner to 150 families each through the Randolph County Care and Share Program. The winner, by a hair, announced by Mayor Bob Riley on Wednesday, December 15, was the Moberly Public Schools. The Moberly Public Schools will house the Spartan vs. Greyhound Golden Drumstick trophy until next years challenge.
MACC’s Main Campus buildings also competed against each other again this year for their own Golden Drumstick trophy and general bragging rights. They were judged on the number of items and cash donated. For the second year, the Main Building took home the trophy and bragging rights. MACC donated meals for 200 families, 50 bags of extra food and over $1800 in cash, which was used to buy more food including 198 hams and turkeys.
Moberly Public Schools were also competing for their own Golden Drumstick. Mr. Penny stated the trophy will be "traveling" between all three of the elementary buildings (North Park, South Park, and Gratz Brown). He determined the competition was “ too close to call”. In addition to food, the school system collected a total of $1,239.81, $800 of which was used to purchase more toys for the Care and Share.
Of course, the biggest winners of the day were the families of Randolph County. Watching the neediest families choose gifts for their children and haul out bags of food, made every effort worth the time and money sacrificed.
MACC Organizer Shannon Crist said, “I was convinced we could more than meet our total goal of feeding 300 families and I honestly, got a bit emotional watching our MACC employees come through again this year. And wow! The public school system just blew us away with their genuine response. We’ve got some real rock stars in Randolph County!”
MACC’s Main Campus wasn't the only location hard at work. Several MACC sites across northeast Missouri were busy helping families in need this season.
The faculty and staff of the MACC-Columbia Higher Education Center adopted a family through the Voluntary Action organization. They provided food and fulfilled the Christmas wish lists for the family of five. Nearly $700 in cash was donated in addition to non-perishable food items for this cause.
Students, faculty and staff of the MACC-Hannibal Area Higher Education Center donated food, diapers and paper products for the local food bank. The items were delivered on November 23, 2010, so they could be distributed for the holiday season. In addition, the Hannibal PTK just finished collecting personal hygiene items for the Buddy Pack Program at the local schools.
The PTK members at the MACC-Kirksville Higher Education Center are having a food and clothing drive (outerwear and blankets) in support of the local Salvation Army. The faculty and staff will be decorating Twin Pines Nursing Home for the holiday season. The Student Ambassadors, PTK, faculty and staff are decorating a tree for the Kirksville Arts Association, where the tree will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The PTK members, faculty and staff at the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico will be collecting food for the Help Center. The PTK also hosted “A Visit to the North Pole” event for children, which included a picture with Santa Clause, decorating sugar cookies and other activities. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Relay for Life.
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