ARS of Illinois tackles hunger with a friendly can castle competition

  • left to right Brian Haas, Ryan Domingue, Tracy Masterson and Areta Drew, ARS of IllinoisSuzie Butzine/ARS

    left to right Brian Haas, Ryan Domingue, Tracy Masterson and Areta Drew, ARS of IllinoisSuzie Butzine/ARS

 
Sharon Etes
Updated 5/7/2018 12:14 PM

American Residential Services (ARS), a national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, recently held a "Can Castle" contest on behalf of food banks in their service areas. Branches were challenged to collect canned goods throughout the month of April and to construct can castles from their collection.

ARS of Illinois employees accepted the challenge and with the help of friends and family members (and anyone who was willing to listen) over 10,000 cans of food were donated to the Itasca Food Pantry.

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"I am overwhelmed by the generosity and participation from our employees. These times are challenging for many families in our community and we truly feel privileged to give back in this way." said Brian Haas of ARS

With over 35 service centers participating in the competition this year, ARS of Illinois hopes to take home the prize for most creative can castle or most items donated. "The winner is yet to be announced but I feel we've already won, everyone who joined us in this challenge is walking away inspired.. we had the best time and for a great cause." said Tracy Masterson of ARS.

"This experience has inspired us to continue to build relationships in our community. There are so many worthy organizations and plenty of opportunities to serve, we are already looking forward to the next one.." said Sharon Etes of ARS.

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