THOMASVILLE — Two companies in Thomasville are attempting to renew the resources of a pair of local organizations essential to the recovery of a community in need of a boost.

Bartimaeus By Design Inc. and McIntyre Manufacturing Group are holding a canned food drive competition through the end of the month to provide canned goods for Cooperative Community Ministry and Fairgrove Family Resource Center. In the spirit of March Madness, the businesses are staging a friendly contest to create even more incentive to contribute.

“Previously, they had kind of done it as a competition within our company, but our owner really wanted to build the team feel instead of pitting people against each other,” said Beth Mills, HR manager at Bartimaeus. “He reached out to McIntyre Manufacturing in Thomasville, which is a similar company as far as size and number and what we do. He asked the owner of that company, and he was like, ‘For sure! Game on; we’ll do it.’ ”

Mills said the truth remains that whichever company wins the competition, it is a win-win proposition for all involved, given the cause for which both sides are helping. That doesn’t mean both haven’t enjoyed a little smack talk along the way.

The management teams have agreed that they will match 25% of the cans collected as a monetary donation. If the food collection goes well, the companies could reach out to additional food pantries to donate.

As for the origin of the undertaking, it began with the executives of two local businesses communicating with either other about their desire to aid their community.

“[Bartimaeus owner] Eddie Brinkley actually called us. We have a good relationship with Bartimaeus,” said Chris McCullough, director of strategy and development with McIntyre. “Eddie called us and asked if we would like to participate in it. It was a really good fit. We’ve been looking for an opportunity to give back to the community. We talked to their team and figured out what the rules would look like and talked a little trash to each other.”

The company that brings in the most canned food items will be crowned champion, along with a trophy and a banner. The companies hope that a competition based on employee participation causes other companies in town to consider enriching their community with similar activities.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at