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Throughout 2014, the employees donated 1,165 hours of their time through:
- Cooks for Kids, a program where employees donate their time and food to create meals for residents at various Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation.
- Build-a-Bear teambuilding exercises at conferences and special training sessions where employees bought supplies to “Build-a-Bear” and then either donated them to children at the Ronald McDonald House or the bears were sold with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House.
- Employee time was also donated at the Shop & Sip Benefit, an annual event that CSM hosts at either the corporate office or at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel. Corporate departments, hotels, residential properties, vendors, tenants, and partners donate various items (e.g. sports tickets, TVs, gift baskets, etc.), attendees bid or enter in a raffle for the items, and the proceeds are donated to the Ronald McDonald House.
More than 2,320 food items were donated throughout the year, the result of a food drive that had departments competing to see who could donate the most food and hotels participating in a box lunch program where lunch bags of non-perishable items were assembled and donated to the local Ronald McDonald House.
Each Ronald McDonald House Charities chapter collects its own pop tabs to support its own programs and CSM employees donated 83 pop tab houses... that’s about 58,000 pop tabs!
CSM employees either donated or helped raise the more than $111,000 that was presented to Ronald McDonald House. Fundraising events within their offices included Jeans Days/Weeks where employees could donate $5 to $20 to wear jeans to work, the purchase of Valentine’s candygrams, and partnering with local food trucks to donate a portion of employee purchases to Ronald McDonald House. Employees also participated in CSM’s Money Madness Challenge, a game that split the corporate office into four teams. Each team was given a 5-gallon bucket and their goal was to fill the buckets with as many coins (except pennies) as possible. Teams were able to fill a competing team’s bucket with bills that would count negatively toward the total. The team with the most money at the end (total coins minus total bills) won and all proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House.
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