Call it a friendly competition between employees at Neosho’s Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.


Call it a friendly competition between employees at Neosho’s Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

“What we have done is that we have split up our store into three different zones: zone one, zone three and zone four,” said Linda English, administrative manager for Lowe’s. “What we have done is made a competition within the store between the employees. The two losing zones captains, which is also the management team in our store, have to dress up — one as a turkey and one as a Pilgrim.”

The goal is to have the employees bring non-perishable food to the store and put them in their zone boxes. In turn, the store is donating the food to the annual Newton County Food Basket Brigade.

The competition within the store began in mid-November. Thus far, English said, it is going well.
“(As of today), we have (zone) boxes that are three-feet deep of food,” said Pat Watson, sales manager with Lowe’s. “The boxes are range-boxes.”

But to give a boost for departments who are in the competition, Lowe’s is encouraging the public to participate.

“On Saturday, we are letting our volunteers work before or after work or come in on their day off and we will have our boxes out front or in the (cart area) depending on the weather,” English said. “We have made flyers as a notification of our customers that we were doing a food drive on Saturday between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (and) we have decided to include our customers in our food drive. We encourage residents and the public to bring more food out.”

Customers are asked to bring non-perishable food on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to put into the boxes.

Later that night or Sunday, the amount of non-perishable food will be counted at Lowe’s and the winner and two losers will be notified Monday morning. English noted that on Tuesday, the two losing department managers will dress up either as a turkey or Pilgrim.