Nancy Montera collects a donation Friday from Swanson Russell employee Leah Geiss, with her dog, Sybie. The company took in more than 80 cans of food and dry goods for the food bank.
A Nebraska advertising agency has found a way to keep the spirit of giving and thankfulness intact in the midst of a pandemic.
Swanson Russell, which creates advertising content for Runza, Bryan Health and others, held a drive-thru food drive Friday at its offices near 144th Street and West Dodge Road.
Kellie Wostrel, a Swanson Russell spokeswoman, said the company took in more than 80 cans of food and many dry goods to donate to Food Bank for the Heartland.
Drive-thru donors were given coffee from Karma Coffee, and dogs that came along got dog treats.
“This was just an awesome way to see some familiar faces from the office and give back to the community,” Wostrel said.
Jodi Hoatson, another company spokeswoman, said such events are important to maintain team morale as employees continue to work from home. Other companies that share the ad agency’s building also participated in the food drive, she said.
“This was an opportunity to feel a little normal,” Wostrel said.
Our best staff images from November 2020
The sun rises behind downtown Omaha on Friday, November 20, 2020.
Ord fans cheer on their team as they play in the Class C2 championship game against Bergan.
Protesters gather for the second night outside the Omaha Police Department headquarters in downtown Omaha on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Kenneth Jones, a Black man, was shot and killed by an officer after a traffic stop on Thursday night.
Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt hits Illinois’s Chase Brown after a first quarter run. Taylor-Britt would leave the game with an injury.
Ord players react as their Class C2 championship trophy is handed to them after defeating Bergan.
Omaha Westside quarterback Cole Payton (9) hugs and lifts head coach Brett Froendt following the Elkhorn South vs. Omaha Westside Class A football state championship game at Omaha Westside High School on Friday, November 20, 2020. Omaha Westside won the title 37-21.
Illinois's Josh Imatorbhebhe catches a second-quarter touchdown pass over Dicaprio Bootle to give them a 21-7 lead.
Aurora's Aaron Jividen, right, comforts Jameson Herzberg after the lost the Class B state title to Elkhorn.
The 2020 "Christmas at Union Station" tree is brought inside the Durham Museum in Omaha on Monday.
Nebraska kicks off to Penn State after a second quarter touchdown to a nearly empty Memorial Stadium due to the pandemic.
Penn State's Will Levis is taken down by Nebraska's Ben Stille on the final down for the Penn State offense during their game Saturday in Lincoln.
Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey, left, and Head Coach Scott Frost, right celebrate their win over Penn State.
Nebraska's Cam Taylor-Britt and Penn State's Jahan Dotson both go up for the ball in the end zone during their game on Saturday in Lincoln. The pass was incomplete.
Nebraska runs out of the field after the tunnel walk before they play Penn State.
Everyone tries to keep up with Nebraska's Luke McCaffrey during their game on Saturday in Lincoln.
Flags of the five military branches are flown during a Veterans Day drive-thru event at Platteview High School in Springfield on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The student-led tradition, now in its nineteenth year, was held outside this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dean Mathisen looks at memorials before the start of Veterans Days ceremonies at Memorial Park on Wednesday.
A woman waves from her car during a Veterans Day drive-thru event at Platteview High School in Springfield on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. The student-led tradition, now in its nineteenth year, was held outside this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nebraska's Luke McCaffrey is shoved out of bounds by Northwestern's Adetomiwa Adebawore during their game on Saturday in Evanston.
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost walks on to the field with his team fir the start of their game on Saturday in Evanston.
Northwestern's Peyton Ramsey is hit by Nebraska's Luke Reimer and fumbles the ball during their game on Saturday in Evanston.
Isaiah Ross waves a Biden for President flag during a celebration at 72nd and Dodge Streets on Saturday.
A worker disinfects the seats inside Pinnacle Bank Arena between state volleyball matches on Friday, November 06, 2020.
Bellevue West wide receiver Keegan Johnson runs the ball with Kearney defensive back Tanner Johnson on his heels.
Omaha Skutt's Abigail Schomers celebrates a point against against Ashland Greenwood.
People eat lunch under a tree bearing bright autumn leaves at Miller Park in North Omaha on Thursday, November 5, 2020.
The sun sets near Bancroft Elementary School in southeast Omaha. The sun is going down a minute earlier every day, and this evening it will do so at 5:14.
Belleue West players celebrate a point against Papio South.
Derek Rau and his service dog Voodoo walk to a polling booth in Omaha on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Alayna Gonzalez, 8 months, sits with her dad, Hector Gonzalez, of Omaha, while waiting for her mom, Ana Gayton (not pictured), to finish voting so he can take his turn at the Disabled American Veterans hall in South Omaha on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Voters occupy all the booths inside Bethel Lutheran Church, 1312 S. 45th St., on Tuesday. There were close to 30 people in line when the doors opened.
A person votes at the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Volunteer Jay Mason throws way political signs that were too close to the polling place at Bethel Lutheran Church located at 1312 South 45th Street on Tuesday, November 03, 2020.
Bancroft Elementary School in South Omaha on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Sidewalk chalk messages at 13th and Bancroft Streets in South Omaha on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Rep. Don Bacon greeted drivers at 72nd Street and Highway 370 in Papillion.
A spooky reminder to vote in a home's yard near 72nd and Cass Street in Omaha on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
The line for early voting wraps back and forth at the Douglas County Election Commission on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Rep. Don Bacon leaves a brochure while campaigning door-to-door in Papillion on Friday.
Democrat Kara Eastman keeps an Election Day countdown in the front room of her campaign office at 72nd and Farnam Streets.
Rida Rahman, 4, waits in line with her parents, Hafiz Rahman, left, and Shamsun Ruby, right, at the Douglas County Election Commission on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Rida was dressed as Raphael, from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while her parents were in line for early voting.
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