Cruiser stuffed, single largest donation to food bank to date

Barb McKenna
Published on December 19, 2016

Constable Rob James with Queens District RCMP and Senior Safety Coordinator Kim Masland, helped by local groups, completely filled the police van and a second vehicle with groceries for the Queens County Food Bank on Saturday.

LIVERPOOL - Queens District RCMP and Queen’s Senior Safety held their annual Stuff the Cruiser event at the Liverpool Superstore on Saturday, and despite the bitterly cold temperatures, a second vehicle had to be brought in to handle the overflow.

Local groups also donated their time to the event, including members of the Queens County Choir, Queens County Minor Hockey Association, Liverpool Privateers Junior “B” hockey team, and the Nova Scotia Student exchange.

“County residents were extremely charitable,” says Const. Rob James. “Contributing groceries to the food bank after completely filling both the police van and a second vehicle pressed into service to take the overflow.”

The Atlantic Superstore feed the volunteers, and Tim Hotons provided free coffee and hot chocolate for the public.

The initiative raised over 1,000 grocery items and more than $800 in cash and gift certificates for the food bank.

Food bank worker Kevin Oickle told police it was the single largest donation he has witnessed to date.

The food bank is accepting donations until 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 20. It particularly needs ketchup, coffee and Coffee Mate, pet food, women’s hygiene products, and cash donations.