Innovative food drive ‘canstructs’ help

King Tut made an appearance on campus Feb. 10.

Seven teams competed in Belton’s first Canstruction competition benefiting Belton’s Helping Hands Ministry in the Mayborn Campus Center. The teams built their structures out of canned goods in order to help stock the local food pantry in Belton.

Sophomore elementary education major Lauren McKee attended the event because of her role as a Helping Hands ministry leader on the Ministry Leadership Council at the Baptist Student Ministry.

At the event, McKee helped by collecting money and cans from people who attended. She also helped get the cans to the ministry.

McKee thinks the canned food event was amazing.

“It was really inspiring to see the people come together to help serve Helping Hands, who serves so many people in the Belton community,” she said.

Her favorite structure was one by Belton Middle School.

A bright can model of King Tut was a crowd favorite during Canstruction. Photo by Lauren Piercey

A bright can model of King Tut was a crowd favorite during Canstruction. Photo by Lauren Piercey

“(They) made a canstruction of the Disney movie Ratatouille. It had 5,000 cans and looked so much like the actual Ratatouille that it won my vote,” McKee said.

Each person who attended was given a ticket to put in a container next to each structure. Additional votes could be acquired through additional monetary donations placed in the containers.

Senior sport management major Kinzey Joiner said the event sounded great, so he participated by sorting and moving cans.

Kinzey believes the event helped recognize the local ministry.

“I thought it shed light to the things Helping Hands stands for and the things they have accomplished in outreach.”

Director of Christian Life Commission Suzii Paytner was the guest speaker for the Saturday luncheon and the gala that evening.  She spoke on food insecurity and those who live in poverty in Texas.

“(Paytner) was amazing and had such a passion for families and people in the state of Texas,”  Kinzey said.

He was most impressed with the King Tut construction. The canstruction was made mostly of cans with yellow labels stacked to resemble the great Egyptian’s head.

“It was so distinct and used the colors of the labels so well and truly showed what could be accomplished when hard work and planning is put into a nonprofit event,” he said.

Teams were made up of students from Belton Middle School, Foundation United Methodist Church (of Belton), the youth ministry of Belton Nazarene Church, the Belton Young Professionals, Architectural Edge of Temple and a group of physician assistants from the Internal and Family Medicine departments of Scott & White Memorial Hospital. Teams were  responsible for providing all cans needed for their structures with a 1,000 can minimum.

The university was a silver can sponsor for the event along with Salado Web Hosting and Touch of Class. Gold can sponsors were TXU Energy and Lamar Outdoor Advertising. Platinum can sponsor was First Choice Power, which will match every can and dollar that was donated by the public from the viewing times on Friday and Saturday.

Other canstructions included a rubix cube and lighthouse.

At the gala, awards were given for people’s choice to Ratatouille and judge’s choice to King Tut.

For more information on helping the ministry contact Helping Hands Ministries at 254-939-7355 or go to

Author: Lauren Piercey

Lauren is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major with a minor in Art and English. She is from the extremely small town of Plantersville, TX where she grew up with her two younger sisters and an assortment of animals. She became the transitions page editor after finally caving into joining the staff. She loves writing and is confident God will help her find a job after graduation in May. She also enjoys cooking, reading and tripping over her own two feet.

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