Center Goal? OBLITERATED. Congrats, JSC!
November 8, 2019
Not that there are contests
for generosity … but if there were … NASA’s Johnson Space Center would rank up
there. During the latest JSC Feeds Families Food Drive, the center set an
ambitious goal to restock the Galveston County Food Bank, which services
families facing food insecurity right in our community, with 60,000 pounds of
food and resources as we head into the winter months.
And, we didn’t just meet
the goal. Together, JSC blasted the 60,000-pound marker to the stratosphere
(and beyond, since you know we can’t just stop there). Thanks to the
generosity of the Johnson family, the food bank received more than 100,000
pounds of donations.
Some organizations got
creative in garnering support for the drive. The Human Health and Performance
(HH&P) Directorate, for instance, encouraged employees to make sculptures out of
their donations during its annual CANstruction contest. Canned food was
artistically arranged to depict human space exploration and show how Johnson
connects to NASA missions.
“I continue to be truly
impressed with the amazing creativity and generosity of our HH&P team,”
said HH&P Director Cathy Koerner. “Creativity in terms of the overall
design of the projects and how they connect to the HH&P and NASA missions.
Generosity in terms of the sheer number of people who donate their time and
treasure to help families all across our area. Every year the enthusiasm and
participation in our ‘CANstruction’ competition grows. In fact, our folks are
already plotting what they’ll do for next year’s competition!”
Meanwhile, External Relations
Office (ERO) came up with a novel way to get support for the food drive,
illustrating how, as an organization, they are renowned for outside-the-box
thinking. Led by ERO Director Debbie Conder, she and other managers offered
themselves up — specifically, to be on the receiving end of pies in the face — as
employees bought raffle tickets or donated cans to be allowed the opportunity
to send the whipped confections airborne. No leaders were harmed during the
team-building activity — just maybe some pride.
The center is still working
to get the final numbers on which organization donated the most weight per
person. When available, the stats will be shared on Roundup Live. Stay
connected with us for later results.
Tis the season for giving!
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is now underway. Visit the CFC site to see how
you can Show Some (More) Love!
See images from the culminating "Stuff the Truck" event at the Gilruth Center and CANstruction contest, below.