RCMP spread Christ­mas cheer in north­ern Labrador

Of­fi­cers dis­trib­ute ham­pers; look­ing for­ward to even more com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CA­REEN

Peo­ple were likely sur­prised to see RCMP of­fi­cers knock­ing on their doors Dec. 23.

The po­lice were dis­tribut­ing Christ­mas ham­pers to fam­i­lies in Natuashish, Makkovik, Hopedale and Nain as part of an an­nual Christ­mas cheer video put to­gether by RCMP Const. Bryan Vaughn.

He said when they first went to homes in Natuashish to present the ham­pers, peo­ple didn’t seem to know what to do.

“It seemed to be gen­uine shock,” he said. “They aren’t used to this type of in­ter­ac­tion with the po­lice, they didn’t seem to un­der­stand why it was hap­pen­ing, but once they re­al­ized they were get­ting a box of food and a tur­key they re­ally ex­pressed their grat­i­tude.”

Vaughn said they dis­trib­uted 40 ham­pers in the four com­mu­ni­ties, 10 for each mu­nic­i­pal­ity. They are hop­ing to do a sim­i­lar event for Thanks­giv­ing.

The of­fi­cer noted this is his third year mak­ing the Christ­mas cheer videos, but the last two times were at his pre­vi­ous post­ing in Bay Roberts. Last year he part­nered with Mary Browns and gave away tele­vi­sions and video game sys­tems and the year be­fore that he gave out su­per­mar­ket gift cards. Both times it was re­ward­ing driv­ers for fol­low­ing the rules of the roads.

Vaughn was trans­ferred to Natuashish in 2018. He wanted to keep the ini­tia­tive go­ing.

He had ap­proached At­lantic Gro­cery Dis­tri­bu­tion, who pro­vided the ham­pers, to do the video in Bay Roberts and when he was trans­ferred to Natuashish they wanted to do it in Makkovik, Nain and Hopedale as well, since they sup­ply food for those com­mu­ni­ties as well.

“I reached out to the other de­tach­ments and they ar­ranged for the ham­pers to be picked up and de­liv­ered there as well,” he said. “They were more than happy to help.”

Vaughn said in his opin­ion this ini­tia­tive helps with com­mu­nity re­la­tions, some­thing he’s been work­ing on since he went to Natuashish.

“Peo­ple told me it would be hard to do what I do in Natuashish,” he said. “Ev­ery­one knows I’m com­mu­nity-minded and the kind of stuff I like to do. But peo­ple loved the idea of the video and the ham­pers and they should stay tuned for our next project up here.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

RCMP Const. Bryan Vaughn and one of the fam­i­lies in Natuashish who re­ceived a Christ­mas ham­per.

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