Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
"My heart was completely full by the end of the day and so were the cruisers." So said the MLA for Queens-Shelburne, Kim Masland, who teamed up with the Queens District RCMP for the annual Stuff-a-Cruiser event December 12 at the Liverpool Superstore.
"The sun was shining, we had mild temperatures and it was an incredibly successful day," said Masland, who started the event in 2016 to help raise money for the Queens County food bank.
One RCMP cruiser was filled to the brim quickly and a back-up vehicle had to be called in.
A total of 1,024 items were stuffed inside the two vehicles, including canned goods, turkeys, hams, personal hygiene items and diapers. Additionally, another $1,147 in monetary donations were accepted.
"It was an incredible day and once again, a reminder that we certainly live in a very, very generous community," said Masland.
Masland and Const. Ron Duffney of the Queens RCMP detachment, along with numerous volunteers, were on-site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Superstore stepped up again by pre-packaging grocery bags full of items from $5, $10 and up to $25 that shoppers could purchase, making it easier for people who wanted to donate.
According to Masland, the best part of the day was when the volunteers pulled up to the food bank and handed over the food and money to the organization's chairperson Shelly Panczyk."When I came in and Shelly Panczyk saw all the food and the bag of money, right away it was a hug and a thank you. It was a day that certainly puts you in the Christmas spirit," said Masland.