Terrace RCMP will be lighting up local grocery stores next weekend in hopes of reducing holiday hunger.
Saturday Dec. 7, 2019 marks the 9th Annual Cram a Cruiser event, a tradition that sees Terrace RCMP staff, officers, Auxiliary members, and volunteers fill up police vehicles with food and monetary donations.From 11 to 2 p.m., police vehicles will be parked in front of Save On Foods, Safeway, and Real Canadian Wholesale to collect and transport donations to Terrace Churches Food Bank and the Salvation Army in preparation for the holidays.
“This is one of our favourite events of the year”, said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael ROBINSON. “So often we find ourselves responding to issues and challenges as they arise. This event provides us all with an opportunity to be proactive and work with the community we’re part of in a positive manner. It’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
Last year’s event saw the people of Terrace donate an estimated 5,000 to 5,500 pounds of food and just more than $2,000 in cash and gift cards.
“There are a lot of people who don’t talk about their struggles”, said Constable Crystal EVELYN, Community Liaison and Media Relations Officer for the Terrace RCMP. “It could be your neighbour, it could be a family member, it could be someone you pass by and smile at every day without realizing the financial hardships they may be facing. By coming together as a community during events like this, we’re helping provide a warmth and kindness to those giving and to those receiving.”
To donate to Cram a Cruiser attend any of the grocery stores listed above between 11-2 p.m. next Saturday with food, cash, or gift cards, and look for the police vehicles, members, and volunteers.