An appeal for helping to ‘Pack the Police Car’ has so far collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and $5,000 in cash in support of local food banks and charity programs.
The Surrey RCMP initiative was held last Thursday in South Surrey, with proceeds to benefit Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank. Events on Dec. 4 in Cloverdale and Guildford will benefit the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program and the Surrey Food Bank.
A fourth event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 at the Save-on-Foods in Newton (7320 King George Blvd.).
Cpl. Scotty Schumann thanked Surrey residents for helping make the holidays a little brighter for those in need.”
“We can always count on the generosity of our citizens to illustrate the true meaning of the season,” Schumann said in a news release.
Other holiday-themed charitable efforts by police this season have included a toy drive for underprivileged children, a clothing drive, singing Christmas carols to the elderly and raising funds for the Surrey Food Bank at the detachment’s annual potluck lunch.
“We continue to urge residents to give back to the community in whatever way they can over the holiday season,” Schumann said.
“While we live in a very prosperous part of the world, there are many people in our community who can benefit from a hearty meal, an unexpected gift, or just knowing that someone out there cares about their well-being.”
Schumann noted that food and cash donations for ‘Pack the Police Car’ will continue to be collected at the Newton District Office (7235 137 St.) through Dec. 31.