Thank you for participating in the 2019 Hendrick Automotive Group Thanksgiving Meal Drive. In the survey that many of you completed this past summer, we received many requests for an exciting way to further engage your teammates during the meal drive. From that suggestion, the 2019 CANdemonium Contest was created.
The CANdemonium Contest is an opportunity to showcase how creative your team is when it comes to your Thanksgiving Meal Drive items. Whether it’s a one-of-a-kind collection idea, how you actually display the meal items in your dealership, how you engage your teammates to participate, or how you uniquely shop for the food, we want to see (and share) your creative ideas. Post a picture of your efforts on your dealership’s social media account(s) (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), and be sure to tag @HendrickCares in order to be considered for the final award. You are also welcome to email your photo(s)/video(s) to email@example.com if you prefer.
We will share select submissions as they come in on the Hendrick Cares social media accounts so you can follow along.
Below are some ideas from past meal drives, but this year’s efforts are already on another level!
We’ve been blown away by the festive displays to show off food donation areas, from Easter themes to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Many dealerships have used the trunk or cab of vehicles in the showroom to collect food, turned the entire vehicle into a display or set up a separate area with decorative bins. Balloons, props, signage and of course the food itself is all fair game to make an eye-catching place to drop off and store donations.
Special thanks to Rick Hendrick Chevrolet Naples for turning this truck into a Spring spread for a past meal drive.
If you want to take the CANdemonium name literally, you can build a structure from some of your canned food items! Don’t feel like you have to use all of the food you collect, and feel free to use boxed or canned items, or the meal boxes themselves! Food banks around the country host challenges to build fun displays from food, so there are plenty of ideas out there. But how can you add an automotive or Hendrick twist?
This picture is an example of a structure made of cans: an elephant made for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
How can you motivate your teammates, customers or partners to bring in food donations for the drive, and thank them for participating? Make a donor wall in the dealership, organize a group shopping trip or show how younger family members get involved, as long as you document it.
For the past meal drive, Hendrick Lexus Kansas City created a blooming donor tree to celebrate everyone that donated food. As part of the Spring theme, they added a flower for each donor, and it was soon filled up.
What are some unique ways our dealerships shop for their meal items? Do you take a group field trip to the store, make it a race, provide unique ways for every teammate to participate despite their financial situation, or maybe you get the whole family involved? If you have a different spin on your shopping plan, we want to see it.
One of our Charlotte teammates took his son shopping for their nonperishable donations to instill the importance of giving back early.