RCMP applaud generosity of Surrey residents in food drive

This year's Pack the Police Car campaign represents a big haul for local charities at Christmas time, including Cloverdale hamper program.

Sgt. Dale Carr with donated food at Save On Foods in Newton.

Surrey residents are being thanked for their generosity in helping Surrey RCMP pack the police car for local charities this Christmas.

More than 5,000 pounds of food and $7,000 in cash donations were collected for the Surrey Food Bank, Sources Food Bank and the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program during the campaign.

Surrey RCMP employees also contributed another $500, bringing the final tally to $7,500 in cash for the three organizations.

The detachment held two food drives outside grocery stores in Cloverdale, along with events in South Surrey and Newton, plus took part in other holiday themed initiatives. Police officers accompanied underprivileged youth on a Christmas shopping spree, singing Christmas carols to residents at local seniors facilities, decorating trees for local charities, and collecting toys for abused children.

“Our Christmas wish this year is for every resident to give back to the community in some way to make someone else’s holidays that much brighter,” Cpl. Bert Paquet said. “Although our campaign is over, we continue to urge residents to support local food banks and charities all year long.”

For more information on how to help, visit www.surreyfoodbank.org, http://www.sourcesbc.ca/, http://www.pacificcommunity.ca/ministries/cloverdale-christmas-hamper.

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