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Generosity of strangers - Annapolis District RCMP set to Cram the Cruiser three times before Christmas

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.
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. - Lawrence Powell

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.

Where and when

If you want to contribute to Cram the Cruiser, these are the dates and times:

- Graves Freshmart, Dec. 7 from 3 to 6 p.m.

- Middleton Independent, Dec. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m.

- Middleton Foodland, Dec. 21 from 3 to 6 p.m.

What to expect

If you’re planning to get groceries on any of those three days at the specified locations, expect to see an RCMP cruiser with lights flashing, Adam Burns, and probably one or more RCMP members in uniform.

Burns said police vehicles used on those days could be an RCMP car, an SUV, or even a half-ton truck.

“The bigger the vehicle the better it is, obviously,” he said.

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