The sixth-annual “Stuff-a-Cruiser” campaign is set to go this Saturday in a partnership between district food banks and emergency services in the area.
“Once again, the OPP and the food banks in Fort Frances—the Salvation Army, the United Native Friendship Centre, and the Sunset Country Métis—along with the Emo food bank and the west end food bank, will be accepting donations of non-perishable items,” explained Lt. Ryan MacDonald of the Salvation Army, who is helping co-ordinate the event.
“There will be a bus at Walmart, an ambulance at Safeway, and then a couple of OPP cruisers will be parked at The Place,” he noted.
Vehicles also will be set up at Cloverleaf in Emo and at Beaver Mills Market in Rainy River.
“Volunteers will be handing our brochures with information needed for the day,” MacDonald added.
He noted they also will be accepting donations for the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau’s annual community Christmas dinner on Dec. 25.
“The Volunteer Bureau will be receiving a lump share of the food so they can have a successful Christmas dinner again, as well,” MacDonald remarked.
“In Fort Frances, the donations will also be split between the United Native Friendship Centre, the Salvation Army, and the Sunset Country Métis,” he added.
The food collected in Emo and Rainy River will go to their respective food banks.
“We’re excited,” MacDonald enthused. “Everything is in place and we’re ready to go.
“We have no doubt that the community is going to come together once again,” he added.
“We’ve been extremely successful in the past regarding this campaign so we’re hoping this year will be no different.
“The community does a great job every time we ask them.”
MacDonald said they’re hoping for lots of food donations, as well as toys for children.
“We’re just hoping for another successful campaign,” he remarked, adding last year the community stuffed 25 cruisers in Fort Frances, seven in Emo, and three in Rainy River.
“We’re looking forward to it.”
Anyone wishing to volunteer for “Stuff-a-Cruiser” is asked to call the Salvation Army at 274-3871.