The Quesnel RCMP is asking for the public’s help in making sure Christmas is merry for everyone.
For the second year, police are hoping to ‘stuff a cruiser’ with new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for several not-for-profit groups supporting children and youth, seniors and the less fortunate in the community.
“Last year, it was kind of the same thing,” said Const. Matt McGregor, who is helping organize the event with Const. Colton Walch.
“We were going through a pandemic, and it was really just to get the community together and push forward in trying times. Now I think it’s needed more than ever because there’s a lot of unknowns on the horizon.”
In 2020, McGregor brought forth the idea of the detachment hosting such an event to Staff Sgt. Richard Weseen.
McGregor said he had witnessed similar donation drives on Vancouver Island, where he is from.
More than 2,400 pounds of non-perishable food and 530 toys as well as $3,700 in cash and $400 in gift cards was collected last year at West Park Mall.
Active Rent-All had donated an enclosed trailer for the cause and will be doing so once again.
Stuff a Cruiser will run at West Park Mall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12.
McGregor said they hope to raise even more than last year.
“There’s nothing better than helping out the community that you call home,” he added.
“Realistically, as a police officer, we don’t deal with a lot of good situations most of the time…so being able to do something that not only makes you feel good morally but makes a big dent into the community it’s just a great feeling all around.”