Your help to "Stuff a Cruiser" is needed Saturday

By Ken Johnston
Editor

For the first time ever the Rainy River District Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) will be bringing the Stuff a Cruiser Program to Rainy River!
This Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. an O.P.P. cruiser will be stationed at Beaver Mills Market to collect non-perishable food products. All items will be donated to the West End Food Bank in Rainy River.
This is the first year the charitable event has been held right across the Rainy River District. Atikokan recently held theirs (Nov. 30th) and saw ten cruisers stuffed there! This Saturday it will be simultaneously be held in Rainy River, Emo and Fort Frances.
“Our goal is to stuff 30 cruisers across the district this season,” said Constable Anne McCoy last Friday. With Atikokan already collecting 10 cruisers full they are optimistic they will make the 30 mark!
McCoy said that O.P.P. Aux. member Don Marquis is manning the event in Rainy River. “But we need volunteers to help him. People that want to sign up for a one hour time slot can do so at the Celebrating Diversity website or just show up at the cruiser,” said McCoy. The website address is http://celebratingdiversity.ca.
The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the cruiser. Once the vehicle is full it will be emptied by volunteers from the food bank. Food bank volunteer Rachel Marquis said she already has two church groups that have said they will be the runners... taking the food from the full cruisers over the Catholic Church where the food bank is located.
No money will be accepted. However, if a person wishes they can take the money inside of Beaver Mills and staff there will use it to buy items of need for the food bank.
McCoy said that with the economy being depressed in the district, “There definitely is a need.” She also noted that the Celebrating Diversity committee plans to launch a public awareness campaign in the new year for all the food banks and the need for them in the district. Anyone wishing to get involved in that campaign can contact the Celebrating Diversity committee via its website or contact Linda Plumridge via email: Linda@fortfrances.com or Trudy McCormick via email: mccormit@lao.on.ca.
If the Stuff a Cruiser campaign is a success in Rainy River this Saturday McCoy feels it could become an annual event in the community. But in order to be a success they need more volunteers and for the public to come out with food stuffs.
Here is a wishlist of items they would like to see donated:
* Canned Soup (tomato, cream of mushroom, chicken noodle, vegetable)
* Canned Vegetables (corn, beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes)
* Canned Fruit
* Baked Beans
* Canned Meat (tuna,
salmon)
* Turkey
* Ham
* Kraft Dinner
* Pasta (macaroni,
spaghetti)
* Instant Potatoes
* Cereal
* Peanut Butter & Jam
* Tea / Coffee
* Packets of Sugar,
Salt & Pepper
* Canned Pasta
* Cranberry Sauce
* Stove Top Stuffing
* Pancake Mix and Syrup
* Powdered Milk
* Boxed Juices
* Granola Bars