Wednesday, 12 December 2012 14:59

RCMP weekend roadblock in Swift Current to fill a cruiser with food

Written by  Matthew Liebenberg
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This weekend there will be a RCMP roadblock in Swift Current where motorists will not be asked for their driver’s licences, but if they want to make a food donation to the Salvation Army.

The RCMP and Salvation Army will host Swift Current’s inaugural Fill-a-Cruiser-Day Dec. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A police roadside stop will be set up on Central Avenue North between Dufferin and Grey Streets, but officers will not be checking for traffic violations.
“We’re not going to be looking for people to ticket or to check to make sure they’re wearing their seat belts, nothing like that,” Const. Cory Schultz said. “This is strictly to collect food for the food bank and in return people get to give back to their community.”
The aim is to fill a police cruiser with non-perishable food items and cash donations that will go towards the Swift Current Salvation Army food bank’s Christmas campaign.
“This is one road block you don’t want to miss,” the Salvation Army’s Capt. Michael Ramsay said. “I encourage everybody go drive through the road block and see if we can’t fill a cruiser with donations of non-perishable food items and cash.”
Any non-perishable food items will be welcome and turkeys are also a need when it comes to putting together the big Christmas hampers.
“So if somebody is able to bring a turkey that will be a real blessing,” Ramsay said.
According to Schultz the RCMP partners with the Salvation Army on many other initiatives and they decided to help out in this way to support the food bank.
“I was a volunteer RCMP member back in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, and it was something that we’ve done there as well to help out the food bank,” he said. “Every time we’ve done it’s been very successful.”
He is also aware of RCMP detachments elsewhere, for example in British Columbia, that have done it to support the food banks in their areas.
The familiar Salvation Army Christmas kettles will be at the roadblock for those motorists who prefer to make a cash donation instead of food items.
Schultz said their intention is that Fill-a-Cruiser-Day will become a regular event in Swift Current.
“Absolutely,” he emphasized. “We’re looking to make it an annual event just to help out the food bank around the Christmas holiday time.”

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