Cramming the cruiser...twice
Charity event a huge success
AMHERST - Amherst and area residents crammed a pair of police cruisers last week in support of the Coats for Cumberland and Amherst Food Assistance Network.
“It went very well, we had lots of donations of food and winter clothing,” Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department said. “During the day Thursday we had a steady stream of children coming to the cruiser with food and clothing while at Walmart on Thursday we had someone actually go into the store, buy a jacket and bring it out to the cruiser.”
This is the second year the Amherst Police Department has hosted the Cram A Cruiser event. Wood went to Spring Street Academy and West Highlands Elementary as well as E.B. Chandler Junior High and ARHS during the day Thursday and spent that evening at Sobeys.
On Friday, Wood set the cruiser up at Walmart and despite the snowy weather he had a lot of people drop things off.
“People in Amherst are a very generous group and what we collected over the two days really supports this,” Wood said. “E.B. Chandler had a competition among the classes to see who could collect the most and when I was at the school there were boxes and boxes of food and clothing coming out. The students were literally cramming the cruiser full of what they collected.”
Wood said along with helping those who may be struggling at this time of year, Wood said the program also promotes good citizenry. He said several students commented about how much they enjoyed doing something to help others.
The food collected will be given to the food bank while the clothing will be taken to the Amherst Centre Mall for distribution through Coats for Cumberland.
There are various collection bins located at several Amherst area businesses including Sobeys, Atlantic Kia, Jim Hatheway Ford, Maggie’s Place, Amherst Home Hardware and CANSA.
On Nov. 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the clothing that has been collected will be distributed at the mall. There will also be other distribution sites in the county on Wednesday in Parrsboro, Pugwash and Oxford. River Hebert’s distribution day is Nov. 27 at River Hebert District High.
Last year, more than 700 items of clothing were distributed across Cumberland County with 317 being distributed from the mall location. Sixty coats were given to the food bank for distribution.
The biggest demand remains for children’s clothing including jackets, boots, snow pants, hats and mittens while there is also a need for larger adult sizes.