Mounties gearing up to ‘Cram The Cruiser’

Lake Country Food Bank donations welcomed for charity event on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cooper's Foods, 9522 Main St.

Lake Country RCMP donations raised in last year's inaugural Cram The Cruiser event.

Lake Country RCMP donations raised in last year's inaugural Cram The Cruiser event.

The Lake Country RCMP are planning the final details for the 2nd annual “Cram the Cruiser” fund raising event, set to take place Saturday, Dec. 7, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., in the parking lot of the Lake Country Cooper’s Food, 9522 Main St.

RCMP members, auxiliary members and volunteers will be on location with marked police vehicles inviting the public to “Cram the Cruiser” with non-perishable food donations.

Cash donations will also be accepted and all donations will solely benefit the Lake Country Food Bank. Everyone who contributes with a donation of any size will be given the opportunity to enter their name into a draw for prizes from both Lake Country and Kelowna businesses.

“Last year we had to empty our cruisers multiple times in order to keep up with the donations,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“This year we hope to surpass our totals from last year’s event in which we managed to raise 1,260 lbs of donated items, mainly non-perishable food, and nearly $2,000 in cash and cheques for the Lake Country Food Bank.”

The holiday season is well known to be a hard time of year on families in need, and certainly harder on the local food banks that support those families, said O’Donaghey.

“The Lake Country Food Bank alone provides assistance to 303 clients which includes over 140 families,” he said. “Last year was a wonderful opportunity for the members and volunteers of the RCMP to interact with members of the general public in a positive way, while doing something great for those in need in the District of Lake Country.””

If you would like more information or you would like to donate before the event please contact Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Lake Country RCMP Detachment at 250-766-2288.