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Highway workers donate food

December 21, 2000

Highway workers donate food



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


About 60 Maryland State Highway Administration workers got into both Christmas and competitive spirits this month.

The employees, who all work in Washington County, collected 1,130 canned goods and nonperishable items, said Robert Brown, a sign crew maintenance supervisor. Brown helped organized the effort

The goods were delivered Thursday to the Salvation Army in Hagerstown.

This was the most the employees have raised, Brown said.

"We're really proud of it," he said. They had done something similar previously but it has been several years since they did the event, he said.

The 60 employees participating were split into 12 five-member teams, he said.

For every five items brought in by the employees, a team was given a Christmas ball, a round ornament with a team number to be placed on the Christmas tree.

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"Needless to say the tree is pretty full right now," he said.

The winning team will receive a free lunch at Hancock Park-N-Dine.

With that combination of encouragement, competitive and Christmas spirit, the situation grew more interesting last week.

The deadline to donate items was last Friday. As that date approached, the top three teams kept bringing in more items and the ranking changed more than once.

Last week, during the ice storm, some workers would do storm clean-up at work while also ensuring that they'd keep bringing in more canned items so they could keep pushing for first place.

Ultimately, the top team brought in more than 300 items, he said

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