BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - What is 9 feet tall, has antlers and is full of baked beans? It’s Clyde, the canned food reindeer!
He is the creation of engineers and employees at Yates Constructors and Engineers in Hoover. Clyde is almost 10 feet tall. He weighs a half ton, thanks to a thousand cans of green beans, baked beans, black-eyed peas, and lots of sloppy joe mix. Those are the building blocks carefully chosen for their color.
Engineer Stacy Kirkner used 3D modeling to design this most perfect reindeer of all. Employees built it in a day while carefully following the color-coded plans. In the end, Stacy said, “This is a structurally sound deer. We had a great time doing it. Loved it.”
This is part of a company-wide project for Yates, and it involves 22 offices across the southeast. They competed to build creative canned food projects, and in the end donate the food to local food banks and organizations.
Employees in Hoover collected 13,000 pounds of food. Some has already been delivered to Oak Mountain Missions in Pelham. More will follow once Clyde is dismantled.
Clay Hicks said, “It makes me feel great, because when you can build a structure, even if it’s a deer, it raises awareness of how easy it is to have fun with a project and raise food for those in need.”
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