Gen­eros­ity of strangers

An­napo­lis District RCMP set to Cram the Cruiser three times be­fore Christ­mas

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL THE SPEC­TA­TOR BRIDGETOWN, N. S.

When An­napo­lis District RCMP holds its an­nual Cram the Cruiser events, there’s al­ways a pos­i­tive vibe as strangers show some sea­sonal gen­eros­ity to­wards neigh­bours who need a bit more food in their cup­boards.

“It’s al­ways pos­i­tive. Peo­ple love it. It is a great cause, es­pe­cially around the hol­i­day sea­son,” said Adam Burns, com­mu­nity pro­grams of­fi­cer with the de­tach­ment. “We live in a so­ci­ety where, for­tu­nately, peo­ple are will­ing to give back, and it’s great to see.”

Burns said it’s amaz­ing what peo­ple do­nate to the cruiser – some have do­nated items as big as Christ­mas tur­keys.

“The gen­eros­ity in An­napo­lis County is just fan­tas­tic.”

Cram the Cruiser is the RCMP’s an­nual fundraiser around the hol­i­day sea­son de­signed to bring in food and mon­e­tary dona­tions in time to give to the food bank for Christ­mas, Burns ex­plained.

Start­ing on Dec. 7, Burns and RCMP of­fi­cers will be go­ing to Bridgetown and Mid­dle­ton gro­cery stores with lights flash­ing to seek dona­tions from peo­ple shop­ping at the var­i­ous venues dur­ing the next few weeks.

“Ev­ery­thing we re­ceive will be taken to the food bank and they will dis­perse it in time for the hol­i­day,” Burns said.

He was happy with the suc­cess of Cram the Cruiser in pre­vi­ous hol­i­day sea­sons.

“At the same three lo­ca­tions last year every­body was ex­tremely gen­er­ous … we do­nated to the food bank 1,300 pounds of food and $450,” said Burns.

And, he said, that doesn’t in­clude the three tur­keys and money to pur­chase food and gifts for three fam­i­lies the RCMP sup­ported.

Burns said the An­napo­lis District RCMP will sup­port an­other three fam­i­lies this year as well.

LAWRENCE POW­ELL

Adam Burns, right, An­napo­lis District RCMP com­mu­nity pro­grams of­fi­cer, and Cpl. Tim Hawkes hope to fill the back of this RCMP SUV sev­eral times dur­ing Cram the Cruiser events planned for Mid­dle­ton and Bridgetown be­tween now and Christ­mas.

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