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National Van Lines Cans Their COO!

December 14, 2018 | 10:51am

National Van Lines' COO Tim Helenthal has always been one of our biggest advocates. He is one of Team Move For Hunger's all-time leading fundraisers and, under his leadership, National Van Lines agents have delivered nearly 31,000 lbs. of food this year, alone. So he shouldn't have been surprised when his employees decided to CAN him last month!

NationalVanLinesCanTheCeo-COO2018 (13).jpgFrom November 26-December 3, National Van Lines hosted a Can The CEO food drive at their corporate office in Broadview, IL. One of our Featured Campaigns, Can the CEO is a great team building activity that helps raise awareness about hunger while also empowering your team to take action in a fun way. The idea is that you and your coworkers attempt to fill your boss' office with so many non-perishable food items that he/she won't even be able to get inside it!

We are happy to report that National Van Lines was up to the task! Tim's desk was completely covered with non-perishables like canned fruits and veggies, tuna, and more. A grand total of 180 pounds of food was collected, which is enough to provide 150 meals for food insecure families in their community.

"I frequently tell National Van Lines employees, 'My door is always open,'" Tim said, "and they took me at my word—literally. Navigating the ever-increasing stacks of cans to reach my desk became a challenge as employees contributed more and more items. I couldn't be more proud of our team for their generosity."

After the food drive ended, the staff formed a fire-brigade-style line to load all of the food into a moving van. National Van Lines then delivered the donations to The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace, hosted at the Christ Church of Oak Brook, where it will be distributed to their neighbors in need.

There are more than 1.4 million people in Illinois who are food insecure, including 1 in 7 children. Thank you so much to Tim and everyone at National Van Lines for your continued support of our fight against hunger!

Interested taking Can The CEO to your office? Let's make it happen!