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  Cramming Cruisers for Those in Need

Jun 09, 2016 09:29 ET

Students and staff at schools in the Durham Region helped members of DRPS cram their police cruisers with non-perishable food items for the Cram-a-Cruiser Challenge, hosted by the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation in partnership with Feed the Need in Durham.

The Cram-a-Cruiser Challenge is a food drive in which students at schools across the province challenge themselves to cram a police cruiser full of food donations. DRPS and other police services in the province have partnered with the Michael "Pinball" Clemons Foundation and local food banks to support this initiative, connecting youth with police officers to help support vulnerable members in the community.

During the first week of June, children in the Region collected food to be donated to Feed the Need in Durham, as part of Just Give's Five Days of Giving campaign. On June 8, the kids spent the morning cramming cruisers with all the food that was collected.

Cst. Marta Flis, Cst. Jason Dimech and Cst. Heather Wilson represented our service in this challenge, picking up donations from St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic School in Ajax, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School and St. Wilfrid Catholic School in Pickering, and Sir Albert Love Catholic School and St. Christopher Catholic School in Oshawa.

St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic School ultimately came out on top after donating a record total of 626 lbs. of food. Together, students and staff across the Region donated a total of 2,254 lbs. of food items to help those in need in our community.

Feed the Need in Durham works with local agencies to end hunger by providing food to those who need it most in our community. For more information, check out the Feed the Need in Durham website here.

Below are attached files.
Cst. Flis helps St. Catherine of Siena CS cram 625 lbs. of food into her cruiser! (JPG file, 460.3K bytes)
Cst. Wilson helps students from St. Christopher cram food into her cruiser (JPG file, 425.9K bytes)