On August 1, PMG partnered with a non-profit organization called Kids in Need Minnesota (KINMN) to help support their annual 24 Hours to Empower event.  KINMN’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies to students most in need. This was PMG’s second year donating time and supplies to the cause.

To learn more about PMG’s first year supporting KINMN’s cause, click here.

The Competition

To prepare for the 24 Hours to Empower event, PMG divided its corporate employees into three teams: Team Rock, Team Paper, & Team Scissors.  We had two weeks to see which team could collect the most backpacks, notebooks, highlighters, glue sticks, crayons, and pencils – each item having a specific points value attributed to it. As a competitive group of people, we quickly accepted the challenge and got to work.

Donations for KINMN

Through social media fundraising, requests for donations from vendors, and personal donations, we were able to collect:

  • 81 boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons
  • 387 Elmer’s glue sticks
  • 31 bottles of Elmer’s glue
  • 894 #2 pencils
  • 1,249 highlighters
  • 158 notebooks
  • 416 backpacks
  • $2,846.62 in cash

For a total fundraising effort of $11,549.54

Final Team Scores

  • 31,870 points – Team Rock
  • 135,022 points – Team Paper
  • 55,625 points – Team Scissors


The Real Winners

The real winners are the 7,309 students who will have the school supplies they need to completely rock this school year following the 24 Hours to Empower event!  Kudos to the KINMN organization for hosting a well-organized event and a HUGE THANKS to our PMG team for stepping in and helping out where it’s needed the most.

For more information about KINMN, visit their website at https://www.kidsinneedmn.org/.