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News Article - Greensburg Daily News - CCI Helps Feed Bread of Life

Elizabeth Baily

December 22, 2008 (Originally published in Greensburg Daily News)

A donation drive at CCI Thermal Technologies for the Greensburg Community Bread of Life kitchen that began on November 10 reached its completion with a donation of 925 pounds of food and $4,539.

The 21 members of the CCI staff collected 925 pounds of food and $903.50 in cash during the course of the drive. Chairman and CEO Harold Roozen encourages each of CCI's properties to support a food-based charity in their communities. As a measure of his support, he matches each dollar donated with three dollars and each pound of food collected with another dollar.

CCI Greensburg's Peggy Williams explained that the employees were encouraged by Roozen's match to purchase the maximum quantity of food for their buck, knowing, for instance, that an $8 bag of flour would cost Roozen $25 in matching funds.

"They had a lot of fun shopping," Williams said, "and were very conscious of quantity."

Last year, the Greensburg facility donated $3,313 and 571 pounds of food. This year's donation far surpasses that mark. Bread of Life board member Don Polston noted this donation is the largest one per-employee to date.

"I'm overwhelmed," he said.

Williams explained that funds were raised through a pancake breakfast as well as lunches of ham and beans or pizza. Each $5 meal ended up having a $20 impact for Bread of Life. In addition, each pound of food or dollar donated earned employees a ticket for a prize drawing, which was also held Monday.

After the month-long drive, Polston, Jerry Abplanalp and Joe Sahm packed up the large pile of food, including four turkeys, to be carried to the kitchen.

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