The annual Stuff the Cruiser event helps to raise food and money for the local food bank.

The annual Stuff the Cruiser event helps to raise food and money for the local food bank.

Stuff the Cruiser with caring

Food bank drive an annual event

  • Nov. 26, 2017 9:30 a.m.

RCMP across the Fraser Valley will once again be showing their community spirit as they open the doors of their cruisers to collect for their local food banks.

“It’s that time of year again and we are planning to support the local food bank with our Stuff the Cruiser event,” said Cpl. Anthony Harnett.

“This year we’re running the event on Saturday, Dec. 2, and, because of the generosity of our communities, we know it’s going to be a huge success again this year,” he said.

The way the event works is that Save-on-Foods provides baskets of food that can be purchased and then donated by the public. In Hope, folks are then invited to attend a complimentary pancake breakfast at Kal Tire at 595 Raab St., where they can stuff their donations into a waiting police car.

For those who simply wish to donate their basket, a cruiser will also be available at Save-on-Foods, ready for donations.

“It’s a really good event and we’re happy to be a part of it,” said Loren Bergen, manager of Kal Tire.

“We were part of the event last year and it was fantastic. We stuffed a few cruisers with food that all went to the food bank. This time of year especially, it’s important that we do what we can to make sure that everyone has food for the holidays. We’ll be serving up pancakes for folks between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and they can come by, have some pancakes and make their donation.”

The entire event runs up to 4 p.m. and Sgt. Karol Rehdner of the Hope RCMP is certain it will be another huge success.

“Through the generous support of the community, the RCMP Stuff the Cruiser campaign collected over 1,600 pounds of food and cash donations for our local food bank last season,” Rehdner said.

In Boston Bar, a simultaneous event will take place at the Canyon Tire and Const. Darren McKay of the Boston Bar RCMP is very excited about the event.

“Every season our community has embraced the Stuff the Cruiser campaign and we know the same will occur again this year. Over the past, folks have donated over 1,000 pounds in food and cash to the Stuff the Cruiser event in support of local food bank,” McKay said.

Other Stuff the Cruiser events will be held simultaneously in Chilliwack and Agassiz.