The Twin Falls factory Elf Committee had another fun and festive year in 2022 with games, celebrations, and finding ways to give back to the community. “This year has been very challenging for many people,” said Ian Kihara, Twin Falls Factory Plant Manager. “Despite it all, our Twin Falls Elf Committee was better than ever, supporting a wonderful Christmas experience for local families and foster children in need and spreading holiday cheer around the factory.” The Elf Committee continues to provide a source of employee pride and community involvement at Amalgamated Sugar’s Twin Falls factory.
Below are a few of the reindeer games that the Elf Committee participated in this year.
Employees at the Twin Falls factory provided Christmas gifts for three foster children through the Santa’s Cause Program, as well as a family of three from the Valley House and a family of eight from Voices Against Violence. “Our employees purchased the gifts and returned them to the workshop where the committee checked the lists and were able to go and purchase any unbought gifts,” said Danielle Bingham, Twin Falls Human Resources Manager. “After the committee secured all the gifts, the elves went to work wrapping them up and adorning them with bows and labels!” Gifts were delivered to the different organizations by the Elf Committee members.
Ugly Sweater Thursdays
Every Thursday in December is Ugly Sweater Thursday at the Twin Falls Factory. Employees throughout the facility dress up in the best Ugly Sweaters they can find. “It is a fun tradition we started last year, and it gains more involvement each week,” said Dakota Wankier, Human Resources Generalist at the Twin Falls factory. “Any employees, contractors, growers, or other visitors wearing an Ugly Sweater who lets HR take their picture are entered into a drawing for one of five $25 Gift Cards!”
One of the events the Elf Committee enjoys the most is handing out holiday hams and sugar to the Twin Falls Employees. This year employees had the opportunity to use the new office building currently under construction to host the event. “Employees decorated a tree, had a display table, and allowed employees to get a sneak peek at the future office spaces,” said Tabitha Jones, Human Resources Assistant in Twin Falls.
Deck the Halls
The Deck-The-Halls tradition started a few years ago when the Elf Committee hung the giant lighted sugarbeet on the factory and continues to grow each year. This year, the Elf Committee joined forces with the labor pool and other employees to decorate offices, decorate the break room, and spread holiday cheer throughout the facility. The Elf Committee would like to thank the “Electrician Elves” who worked hard to hang lights around the plant.