600 Helping Hands Give Back this Holiday Season

The holiday spirit was in full effect at Applied Materials’ 17th annual Helping Hands Day this past Saturday morning.  Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter joined approximately 300 employees and their families (Santa hats and reindeer antlers optional) at Second Harvest of Santa Clara and San Mateo’s new Cypress Center where they continued Applied’s long-standing tradition of helping assemble and pack 6,000 boxes of food.

Against a soundtrack of holiday tunes and upbeat music, enthusiastic helpers both young and old manned 12 assembly lines and box assembly stations to do their part, some dancing while they worked (YMCA anyone?), others racing to be the first to finish all their boxes – but all doing their part to give back to the community.

When combined with the fresh milk, chicken, tortillas and produce that will be also distributed with the boxes, Helping Hands will provide 118,680 pounds of food, approximately 188,231 meals, to low-income families in need in the community in time for the holidays. To date, 55,000 boxes of food have been packed in the event’s 17-year history.  That’s a lot of boxes!

Applied traditionally runs one of the largest corporate food drives, and the fast-paced event is just one part of Applied’s 2012 Food Drive, where employees across the country rally together to give back to the community by donating a combination of time, food and/or funds.  Others include spaghetti feeds, pie throws, bake sales, pot lucks and candy grahams to raise funds, as well as group volunteer shifts sorting food at the food bank. For the fourth year in a row, last year’s drive efforts were valued at $1 million and enabled benefiting food banks to deliver 2 million meals in local communities.

Applied is fortunate to have a long and successful partnership with Second Harvest and has been an active member of the community for more than 30 years. For more information, visit http://www.appliedmaterials.com/about/cr.

Check out some photos from this year’s event below (click on image to enlarge).

Nearly 300 employees and their families gathered at Second Harvest to fill 6,000 boxes of food. When combined with the fresh milk, chicken, tortillas and produce that will also be distributed, this will provide 118,680 pounds of food, or approximately 188,231 meals!


Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter, Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson, and Mark Walker, Managing Director, Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials, Inc. kick off Applied’s 17th Annual Helping Hands Day with a few inspirational words.


Just one of the 12 assembly lines of employee (and CEO) workers all doing their part, and having some fun too!  For the record, the green assembly line was first to finish packing all of its boxes, winning bragging rights for next year.  Who’s up to the challenge for 2013?


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