Nearly 700 food and hygiene items have been donated to the Lion Co-op by following a friendly competition between the three floors in Hearnes Hall.

The competitive donation drive stemmed from a call for donations to the co-op earlier this fall.

“Right before the beginning of October, Dr. Andrea Cullers sent out an email wanting to collect shampoo, conditioner and other items for the Lion Co-op,” said Leona Belk, assistant director of admissions, operations and communications.

“We decided to turn it into a competition between the three floors of Hearnes, just for bragging rights,” said Belk. “Then Dr. Lisa Toms announced that there would be a pizza party for the winners.”

The contest ran through the month of October, raising a total of 692 items of non-perishable food and hygiene products. The winner of pizza party was the first floor of Hearnes.

Belk said she was happy with the response throughout the building.

“I would like to see us do it again,” she said.

Cullers, associate professor of kinesiology and co-director of the Lion Co-op, said the items gathered in Hearnes Hall are appreciated, as many students are utilizing the service this year.

“We run solely on donations, and we weren’t meeting the demand, so we put out a call for more donations,” she said. “The folks at Hearnes Hall heard us.”

The Lion Co-op is available for all students.  and can be found in the FEMA Shelter on the dorm side of campus. Students can access it using their Lion Card or by visiting to make an online order and arrange pick-up.