Welcome to BPR’s Inaugural Thanksgiving Hunger Games! May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor.

December 2, 2014

(For those of you who are not fourteen and/or obsessed with #TeamPeeta, #TeamGale, #TeamKatniss, #TeamButtercup (Prim’s cat), etc., etc., this means only one thing. And that is…GAME. ON.)



When the time came to plan BPR’s Thanksgiving food drive, I, enveloped in warmth, drinking a scrumptious extra-hot soy chai latte out of a Starbucks cheerfully red, snowflake-bespeckled, biodegradable “It’s the HOLIDAYS!” cup, thought of only one thing: a dystopian future characterized by children being forced to battle each other to the death in a cruel, merciless, transformative environment rife with treacheries exceeding that of a pay-per-view cage fight or the gladiatorial brutalities worthy of Caesar himself, also known as The Hunger Games. If I’ve lost you, please ask an eight year old for clarity – seriously, ask any eight year old.

As the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was imminent, my fellow volunteer coordinators agreed that a fun and festive death match would be a fantastic way for BPR to give back to the community. In Seattle, we selected Northwest Harvest, Washington’s own hunger relief agency dedicated to providing nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, and the Union Gospel Mission, a group that bestows emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting, hungry and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. In Denver, BPR selected Food Bank of the Rockies, which distributes 121,000 meals each day through more than 800 hunger relief partner agencies throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

Come mid-November, the stage was set and the BPR house divided. In Seattle, the Northside was pinned against the neighboring Southside, both fighting against each other, as well as “Team Denver.” Whichever team could accumulate the most turkeys and non-perishable items would win, save their district, and I assured them, not die. How could a death match between the Northside, Southside, and Denver not be both festive and fun?! My thoughts exactly.

Admittedly, we started slow. However, after a few friendly email reminders (which will remain confidential), we started bringing in food. Lots and lots of food…all accounted for and logged via a point system in a convenient Google doc. In case it escaped you, we work in public relations.

Cans in Box

 When BPR’s Inaugural Thanksgiving Hunger Games ended on November 25, between Seattle and Denver, we had amassed ten turkeys, one tofurky, and 857 non-perishable items like diapers, infant formula, soup, pasta, and canned goods to donate to our respective communities! We made it, no one died (well turkeys, but that’s for another blog post), and Barokas Communications made a substantial gesture of thanks to our friends and neighbors.

The winning team, one might inquire? In reality, we are ALL winners. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a completely unbiased shout-out to the very hard working, canned goods-carrying, Costco tripping teammates of Seattle BPR’s SOUTHSIDE!! I salute you.

– Aerin (#TeamSouthside #Foreva)

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