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Cram the police cruiser

Grab your non-perishable food donations and head to Lake Country this weekend for the annual Cram the Cruiser event.

Kelowna and Lake Country Mounties will be out in full force again this year for the third annual fundraising event

Once again both regular and auxiliary members of the RCMP, along with RCMP volunteers will be on location 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.

This year members of the Lake Country Volunteer Fire Department have also offered to come out and support the cause. Fireman will be on site to serve chilli and a bun for a donation to the food bank, with all the food supplies donated by Campbell's Soup and Cooper's Foods.

"In the years past Cooper's Foods shoppers have been asked to consider adding an item or items to their grocery shopping list for the food bank to help 'Cram the Cruiser,'" explains Cst. Jesse O'Donaghey.

“Cooper's Foods will again have pre-packaged bags for the food bank available in store, which are typically filled with canned soup, beans, vegetables, tuna, as well as packages of noodles, and boxes of pasta for a discounted price of $5.00 each." adds O'Donaghey. 

"Of course members of the public are also welcome to bring their food donations from home."

Everyone who contributes with a donation of any size will be given the opportunity to enter their name into a draw for prizes generously donated by both Lake Country and Kelowna area businesses.

"So far our sponsors this year include the Kelowna Rockets, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Costco Wholesale, and L'Isola Bella Bistro," says O'Donaghey.

“This year we are extremely excited that the Grand Prize for our draw has been donated to us by WestJet, who has provided a travel voucher for 2 return WestJet flights."

The Cram the Cruiser event is made possible without their many sponsors including, Cooper's Foods, the Lake Country Calendar, Nor-Val Rentals, and Okanagan Portable Signs.

Over the past two years, Cram the Cruiser has raised a total of over 3,100 pounds of donated items, along with nearly $4,000 in cash and cheque solely for the Lake Country Food Bank.

The event takes place this Saturday Dec. 6, in the parking lot of the Cooper's Foods in Lake Country and will run between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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