Golden Drumstick Challenge Delivers
Moberly Area Community College takes the community in its name seriously. The College is often represented at local events in its 16 county service region. This holiday season is no exception. Each MACC site has chosen a local cause to support in an effort to give back to its community. MACC's Main Campus in Moberly has just wrapped up a campus-wide food drive for the Randolph County Care and Share, which they have creatively called the Golden Drumstick Challenge. The prize at stake was an awe-inspiring, handcrafted golden drumstick. Buildings competed against each other for the trophy and general bragging rights. They were judged on the number of items and cash donated.
While the trophy is just a fun gag, the bragging rights have gotten to be a serious issue. An email address called "turkey talk" which was created specifically for trash talking between buildings has kept inboxes full with hilarious jabs, photos and boasts. Employees have written poems, fight songs and jokes about their competitors. The participation has been a heart-warming morale boost during this busy and normally stressful enrollment season. Surprisingly, it's given a unifying common goal for employees to rally behind.
The most important aspect of the Golden Drumstick Challenge was MACC's goal to feed 100 families Christmas dinner.
Organizer Shannon Crist said, “We achieved our goal and much more. Over 100 Randolph county families will receive four bags of food, which include a Christmas dinner complete with a turkey or ham, drinks, rolls and all of the trimmings plus additional food to keep them fed throughout the holiday season. I am impressed and generally proud of the huge heart MACC employees have shown through their grocery and cash donations.”
Nearly $1,300 in cash and gift certificates was donated. Among those gift certificates were 38 butterball turkey gift certificates that MACC employees receive as a Christmas gift from the College. Employees donated them back to the Care and Share for families that needed them more desperately.
The amount of food donated literally filled a classroom in the Career Center. Imagine 200 boxes of mac and cheese, 120 boxes of stuffing, 1200 can goods, 130 boxes of potatoes, 105 desserts just to name a few of the items inventoried. Volunteers who arrived to sort and fill bags said they felt like they were walking into a grocery store.
MACC President, Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson commented, “I am incredibly proud of the MACC faculty, staff, and students. What a tremendous testament this food collection is to the compassion and supportive nature of our MACC employees and students. I’m sure the Randolph County Care & Share had no idea that our college could make such a huge impact on the hungry and needy of our area. I’m not sure that we could have predicted the success of this effort! Though some of our employees are dealing with their own economic hardships due to a spouse’s lay-off or any number of circumstances, we’ve all come together to help the truly needy who may not even have a Christmas dinner without our help! I could not be more impressed.”
After all of the cans and cash and boxes were counted, MACC’s Main Building narrowly beat the Career Center for the Golden Drumstick Trophy. They’ll get to pass it from office-to-office for a year until the next Golden Drumstick Challenge when it goes up for grabs again. But the real story is the number of families who will pass around bowls and platters filled with food this holiday because people remembered the spirit of the season and gave.