PuroClean, Madison, owned by Chuck and Pat Polley, provides restoration services to homeowners who have been affected by water or fire emergencies.
She reports, "One of our favorite things to do is a holiday food drive across our southeastern Indiana service area," which includes Ripley, Jefferson, Scott, Switzerland, Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Dearborn, Decatur and Bartholomew counties.
"In our line of work, we primarily market to insurance agencies. We facilitate this food drive with agencies in the towns we serve by giving them grocery sacks to use to collect food. We then return to pick up the food and deliver it to their local food pantries. We make this extra fun by including some healthy competition. When I come to pick up the food, I also weigh it, then I award winning agencies with office lunches and trophies.
Polley notes, "For the second time, Southeastern Insurance in Batesville has donated the largest amount of food overall!"
The first food drive was in 2017, and PuroClean leaders collected over 1,600 pounds of food across the service area. Southeastern Insurance donated the most that year, 302 pounds. 2019 was the second food drive, and this time Southeastern Insurance employees challenged themselves to double their contribution, and once again they won by donating 632 pounds of food, according to her.
The co-owner says, "Olivia Denni is the person who heads up the food drive for Southeastern Insurance. She has a tanning business in Batesville as well and I believe she offered patrons $5 off tanning for bringing in food. Olivia has a huge heart and puts 100% into anything she does. Southeastern Insurance is full of wonderful agents with a passion for their community: Luke Kaiser, Jared Kaiser, Wendy Meyer, Olivia Denni, Sandy Dickey, Linda Fullenkamp, Kathy Linville and Britney Cuskaden. I'm so impressed with this amazing group of people!"
Other Batesville insurance agencies collected food as well, along with members of Anytime Fitness. PuroClean officials were proud to deliver 699 pounds to the Batesville Area Ministerial Association Food Pantry, and a total of 2,438 pounds of food overall.
To cap off the food drive, the company will make a matching monetary donation to the state food bank to be directed to this region.
Polley observes, "Batesville is an extremely generous community. I'll leave you with our motto for the food drive, a quotation from Helen Keller: 'Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.'"