Dec. 12--While the Miracle on 7th Street event is over for this year, employees at Sony DADC and Coca-Cola Monday collaborated to distribute more than 10,000 pounds of food to five charities.
Sony DADC employees raised $7,000, used to purchase 10,001 pounds of food as part of the Miracle on 7th Street food drive. Coca-Cola donated a truck to pick up the food -- with items such as canned vegetables, crackers, baby food, cereal, and macaroni and cheese loaded on large pallets at Sony -- and delivered it directly to the charities.
The food donation will provide 31,000 meals, said Boo Lloyd, one of the founders of Miracle on 7th Street.
This year, Sony's Team 3, which covers packaging at the Terre Haute plant, won top honors, raising more than $4,000 of the collected funds and 5,000 pounds of the food collected, said Evelyn Kaelin, Sony DADC technical supervisor for printing.
"We sold raffle tickets and this year, one of the teams, Team 3, went above and beyond and outside the box doing a lunch one day, a dinner, a breakfast and a 50-50 raffle and sold candy bars. They really did a great job this year," Kaelin said.
The three teams at Sony represented packaging, replication and printing and all other employees, including staff and office workers.
"This is completely employee driven, but Sony allows us to do this and is very supportive," Kaelin said.
While last year's donated food tallied 10,636 pounds, this year the weight is down because food costs more. Still, employees raised $1,700 more than last year, Kaelin said.
"We bought food that costs a little more money," Kaelin said. "We bought soups. Kroger on Fort Harrison [Road] did an amazing price for us. They gave it to us for 99 cents a can. We bought like 1,300 cans just of soup," Kaelin said.
"We also spent a little over $600 on baby food, which is expensive, but it is one of those items that rarely gets donated, but there is a huge need."
United Campus Ministries food bank received 808 cans of food, including 385 cans of tuna, Kaelin said.
Other food was also distributed directly to Catholic Charities, Providence Pantry, St. Benedict Catholic Church soup kitchen and Grumbling Tummies.
Lloyd praised Sony DADC employees for their generosity in the fundraising.
"One thing about Sony DADC is they are a complete package. Not only are they the presenting sponsor for Miracle on 7th Street, but they also raise more food than any other company," Lloyd said. "The Miracle is awesome, really, because of Sony DADC and the employees who work here."
Sony employees also participated in the "CAN You Build It?" art display which featured 3-D canned art structures at the Miracle on 7th Street.
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