Cramming a cruiser for those in need
AMHERST - Last year, when Const. Tom Wood came up with the idea of cramming a police cruiser with food and clothing, he had no idea what the response would be.
He was overwhelmed with the generosity shown by Amherst area residents, who helped cram an Amherst Police cruiser several times over.
“It was amazing the response we received,” Wood said. “There was one time I received so much food and clothing that I barely had enough room to drive the cruiser.”
Cram the Cruiser is back for a second year and Wood and the Empowering Beyond Barriers committee are hoping the community will come together to provide food and clothing to those in need.
The Amherst Police Department’s crime prevention cruiser will be parked at various locations around town next week and people
The Amherst Police Department and Empowering Beyond Barriers are working together for a second year to cram the department's crime prevention cruiser with non-perishable food items and winter clothing. Helping kick off the program are: (from left) Const. Michelle Harrison of the Amherst Police, Empowering Beyond Barriers committee members Elizabeth Cooke-Sumbu, Courtenay Black, Veronica Richards and Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police.