Cram­ming the cruiser...twice

Char­ity event a huge suc­cess

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY DAR­RELL COLE

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.

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