Owatonna Hospital announces Halloween Candy Collection winners

OWATONNA, Minn. 12/5/2017  Congratulations to Lincoln Elementary School students who collected 171.1 pounds of candy during the recent Halloween Candy Collection event. They won a HealthPowered Kids prize pack and cash prize of $250 from Allina Health.

“This was a great way to engage our local schools in an event that promotes healthy living and candy in moderation” said Natalie Ginter, director of Community Engagement and Development. “Plus, the generosity of each child did not go unnoticed…the troops definitely appreciate this.”

During the two-day event, students were asked to bring their Halloween candy to school. For each pound collected, Allina Health donated $1 to local food shelves and the candy was donated to programs, through Operation Gratitude in California, that send gift boxes to troops overseas.

In total, 262 pounds of Halloween candy was collected in Owatonna: Washington Elementary School brought in 70 pounds of candy and Wilson Elementary School collected 20 pounds, in addition to Lincoln Elementary School’s more than 170 pounds. Owatonna Hospital will make a $262 donation to the Steele County Food Shelf to match the pounds of candy collected. Across Allina Health, more than 4,200 pounds of Halloween candy were collected and donated to non-profit organizations.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.

Lincoln Elementary School
Thank you to the members of the Lincoln Elementary School Student Council (pictured here), who organized the candy collection event on Nov. 1-2.