ATLANTIC – Lt. Devin Hogue is taking a page out of Carson King’s play book.
Hogue is one of four candidates participating in the 2019 Scrooge Contest, in which they collect non-perishable food items or monetary donations for the Atlantic Food Pantry. Candidates receive points for food items or cash donations, and the candidate that receives the most points is named “Scrooge.” The winner serves as the Grand Marshall for Lighted Christmas Parade, and candidates have until Nov. 29 at noon to collect their items and funds and submit their points for the contest.
The idea of naming someone a “Scrooge,” comes from the story “A Christmas Carol,” in which the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, finds the true meaning of Christmas. The contest was organized by Eleanor Hoover, who passed away earlier this year. Her daughters, Lori Christianson, Jackie Sampson and Billie Hoover, and Karen Miller, stepped in to organize the contest.
King is best known for holding a sign up saying his “beer fund” needed replenished during the ESPN program “College Game Day,” which lead to people donating to his fund through his Venmo account. Ultimately, King raised millions of dollars which went to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Hogue took that idea, and was planning on posting a photo of him with a sign that says “Scrooge Fund Needs Replenished — Venmo dhogue17” to help raise funds for Scrooge Contest.
Hogue said at least a couple of years ago he had a conversation with Eleanor Hoover about the Scrooge contest, and he believed his name got on a list to be a part of the contest.
He said the police department already does a canned food drive, with a competition between elementary students, and the students who collect the most items get to watch a movie with officers. He said that drive is usually held about the same time as the Scrooge contest, and items from that drive will be also be donated as part of his items for the contest.
Otherwise, he said, anyone who is interested in making a monetary donation can drop those off at the Atlantic Police Department, but he said, people should note the donation is for him as a Scrooge Candidate because members of the department will also be taking donations for the department’s Christmas programs, including Family Christmas Dreams and Shop With A Cop.
Hogue said donating to him will add to the legacy that the police department has when it comes to donating to the food pantry- which is about 25,000 in the last six years.
“My passion is giving back, and not just being a police officer,” he said. “If I have the opportunity to make life or a circumstance better for somebody else, I always want to try and take it.”