There’s no doubt that this holiday season will be much different than those of the past. While celebrating the holidays may not look like holiday parties and potlucks, Amalgamated Sugar employees still plan on spreading the joy of the season by giving back to the community.
One example of this festive spirit can be found in the Amalgamated Sugar employees at the Twin Falls factory. Recently, ten Amalgamated Sugar employees formed an “Elf Committee”. The Elf Committee has teamed up with the Valley House and joined the Adopt-A-Family program and plans on giving gifts for multiple families’ wish lists. The Elves decorated a tree at the Twin Falls Factory with cards detailing different items that are needed. Employees then could select a gift they want to give to one of the families in need – a wonderful way to spread cheer among the employees, while staying safe.
“It is hard to keep a positive force during the holiday season, with COVID guidelines it has become even harder. Even though we are unable to participate in large groups or as a team, that doesn’t mean we can’t individually do a small thing to contribute as one,” said Danielle Bigham, Twin Falls District HR Manager and member of the Elf Committee. “There are many folks without a job or income, now is a great time to give an extra hand where we can.”
On December 3rd, the Elf Committee kicked off a “Kick COVID Can Drive”. This will be a competition between employees for the team that brings in the most non-perishable food items. Teams are determined by the shift/crew that the employee works on.
The food that is collected from the drive will be donated to food banks in the Magic Valley area. The team that wins the contest will choose where to donate an additional $500.00, which Twin Falls Plant Manager, Ian Kihara has donated for the cause. “This year has been a tough one for everyone, so it’s incredibly heartwarming to see such enthusiasm across our team for helping out our local communities and those in need,” said Kihara.
Another effort that started December 3rd is a “Coats for COVID” drive. There will be boxes around the Twin Falls facility for employees to donate both adult and kid sized, gently used coats.
Amalgamated Sugar is honored that the Elf Committee and our Twin Falls factory employees are giving so generously this season. If you would like to assist by providing additional donations, please contact Danielle Bingham at firstname.lastname@example.org.