Food, coats collected for local families

Andrew Wagstaff
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First Cram a Cruiser event a success

AMHERST – Const. Tom Wood wanted to fill a police cruiser with food and coats for local people in need. He ended up with two and a half.
The inaugural Cram a Cruiser event took place on Nov. 14-15, and he is quite satisfied with the response from the community.

Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police Department is offering thanks to the community for the response to the inaugural Cram a Cruiser event, which collected coats and food for local families in need.

“It went really well,” said Wood, Amherst police officer. “It’s the first time we’ve done it, and we’ll do it every year.”

The police officer, who sits on the committee of Empowering Beyond Barriers, which operates the Coats for Cumberland campaign, said the event came out of just trying to come up with new ideas to collect coats for the needy.

“I thought, ‘What’s a good way to try and get coats?’, so we decided as a police department to try and do this,” said Wood. “Then we thought about food, so…”

The food will be donated to the Amherst Food Assistance Network.

He spent much of his day Thursday collecting donations at Spring Street Academy, E.B. Chandler Junior High School, and West Highlands Elementary School, before heading over to the Wal-Mart parking lot from 5-8 p.m. On Friday, he spent the same time period at Sobeys.

The response was tremendous, evident by the pile of food and coats now rounded up next door to the police station, ready for distribution. Wood filled the department’s large cruiser just from what was collected at the schools, and then filled it again at Wal-Mart, and finally filled it to about half at Sobeys.

“Even if people couldn’t donate, there are still drop-off points in the community that we told them about,” he said. “Sobeys has a drop-off location, so does Hatheway Ford… so that way they could donate even after I was gone.”

Looking around at all the collected items, Wood scratched his head.

“Now it’s just a matter of getting them to where they need to go,” he said.

Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Sobeys, Wal-Mart, Amherst Food Assistance Network Street Academy E.B. Chandler Junior High School West Highlands Elementary School

Geographic location: Amherst

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  • peter
    November 19, 2013 - 09:13

    hats off to the Amherst PD. Job well done.