RCMP Cram the Cruiser transforms into Toy Drive due to pandemic

Kelowna, Lake Country, B.C. Southeast District, This Is What We Do

2020-11-16 08:00 PST

Image pour la collecte de jouets des Fêtes du Détachement de la GRC de Lake Country

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With everyone’s safety top of mind, due to the global pandemic, the annual RCMP Cram the Cruiser fundraising event for the Lake Country Food Bank has been cancelled this year.

In order to abide by COVID-19 restrictions and Public Health Orders, and in an effort to bend the curve, Lake Country RCMP will not be hosting its annual Cram the Cruiser food drive event in early December, as it has every year since 2012.

It was not an easy decision, but it was a necessary one to protect everyone in the community, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, the founder of Cram the Cruiser and spokesperson for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. In speaking with Joy Haxton, Manager of the Lake Country Food Bank, we have decided to continue our efforts to support our local food bank by collecting new unwrapped toys for its 2020 Christmas Hamper program.

Anyone who wishes to donate a new, unwrapped toy to the food bank for a family in need, is invited to drop that toy off to the Lake Country RCMP Detachment on Berry Road by Friday December 11, 2020. RCMP will also graciously accept any cash and cheque donations for the food bank at the front counter of the Lake Country RCMP Detachment on their behalf.

Since its inception in 2012, Cram the Cruiser has raised a total of over 14,500 pounds of donated items and just over $42,636 in cash and cheque.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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