RCMP Cram-a-Cruiser Events Exceed Last Year's Totals in Terrace, Queen Charlotte

John Crawford

Terrace area residents managed to cram four police cruisers with over five thousand pounds of food, to help those in need over the holidays.

The Terrace detachment's eighth Annual Cram-A-Cruiser event held over the weekend encouraged residents shopping at local grocery stores to donate items which are then distributed through the Terrace Churches Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

Sergeant Mario Cloutier said the generosity of the community was outstanding -- and will go a long way to help fight hunger over the holidays.

He says the Terrace Classics Hockey Team alone donated a thousand dollars worth of groceries.


The annual event saw Terrace RCMP staff, officers, auxiliary members, and volunteers park cruisers in front of Save On Foods, Safeway, and the Real Canadian Wholesale Club from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday to collect and transport the donations.

They also collected over two thousand dollars in cash and gift cards.   

Last year’s Cram a Cruiser saw the people of Terrace donate an estimated 4,700 pounds of food and just more than $1,200 in cash and gift cards to help others in the community.

Meantime, on Haida Gwaii, the Queen Charlotte RCMP held their own Cram-a-Cruiser event Friday -- and managed to collect 170 bags of food, including fresh food items.

The food drive was done in partnership with the local Co-op and the food banks in Queen Charlotte and Skidegate.

Sergeant Terry Gillespie says the donations were nearly double last year's total -- and will be used in Christmas hampers as well as to help stock the food bank shelves.

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