Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma alumni don't have to be handy at football to compete in an important Bedlam challenge.
Teams representing each university are now forming to compete in Bedlam vs. Hunger, a new Feed The Children campaign to fight hunger. The teams will compete to see which can be first to pack 400 boxes with food and another 400 boxes with essentials, and load them on a 53-foot tractor-trailer.
The teams will compete from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20.
“It's a lot of fun but at the same time it's about helping people who are in need right here in Oklahoma City,” said Tony Sellars, director of communications for Feed The Children.
The idea for a competition started this summer when several corporate teams formed to pack boxes and load trucks for Feed The Children. The teams started trying to outdo each others' times, Sellars said. The current time to beat, he said, was set by a Brown Mackie College team at about 2.5 hours.
“It's kind of become a bragging right to see who can do it in the fastest time,” Sellars said. His hope is that more OU and OSU groups, and corporate groups, will volunteer for similar challenges in the future.
And while the true winners will be the 800 families that receive the food and essentials boxes, one of the alumni groups will be awarded the coveted Hunger trophy.
The boxes in the two trucks loaded by the Bedlam teams will be delivered to the Salvation Army's Angel Tree families on Dec. 18 to 20.
If you would like to volunteer for Feed The Children, call volunteer coordinator Veda Griffin at 601-5408.