Mother Teresa once said, “if you can’t feed a hundred people, feed just one.”
On a chilly November 12th the OPP Auxiliary Unit held their second annual “Stuff a Cruiser with Food Drive” in locations across Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, including Riley’s Valu-Mart in Morrisburg.
OPP Auxiliary Constables Tyler Kelly and Mike Meagher were on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. accepting donations of food, money and grocery gift cards at the Morrisburg location.
The chilly weather didn’t dampen the moods of the constables. Meagher told the Leader that “the energy and spirit keeps us going.”
The two were indeed kept quite busy throughout the day. In addition they were assisted by the Dundas County Food Bank (DCFB) as well as volunteers from Riley’s store, Karen Gelner and Shaina Lewis.
Meagher told the Leader that some people were coming to the store for the sole purpose of donating to the cause. He said one man had “heard over the radio and decided to make a swing over.”
Meagher applauded the community saying, “the need arises and they’re certainly here and supporting.”
Kelly said, “the kids like it too.” He had shown quite a few kids the inside of the police car, to great effect.
Some people filled entire grocery carts with donations, while others dropped money or gift cards into the donation jar.
“We love being involved in this and having the success we’ve had,” said Meagher.
DCFB Chair Brenda Millard greeted customers, handed out suggestion lists, and thanked people for their support. She bore witness to the extreme generosity of the people in this community.
Once again, with the help of the OPP Auxiliary, the DCFB proved that together a community can make a difference. According to DCFB Administrator Donna Quesnel, “there were 11 trips made between Riley’s and the Food Bank.”
The Leader talked with a representative at the Morrisburg Food Bank location on November 14th and it was estimated that the six hour event raised 5,000 pounds of donations in addition to over $600 in money and gift cards.
On November 15th the SD&G OPP sent out a release outlining the success of the food drive throughout the United Counties.
“Once again, residents of SD&G showed their generosity in giving to worthy causes.”
The five locations raised approximately 13,900 pounds of food items and $2,925.77 in monetary donations.
Proceeds from the Morrisburg and Winchester locations will go to the Dundas County Food Bank.
The total raised included approximately 6,400 pounds of food items and $1,155 in monetary donations.
This year, Dundas County collected 3,000 more pounds of food than it did at last year’s event.
Proceeds from the Cornwall and Ingleside locations will go to the Agape Centre.
The total raised included approximately 4,000 pounds of food items and $947.27 in monetary donations.
Proceeds from the Alexandria location will go to the St. Vincent de Paul.
The total raised included approximately 3,500 pounds of food items and $823.50 in monetary donations.
SD&G OPP Auxiliary Unit Commander, S/Sgt Al Jodoin stated: “From all the members of the SD&G OPP Auxiliary Unit and Detachment, we wish to sincerely thank everyone for making this Food Drive a phenomenal success!”
For those wishing to make a donation to the Dundas County Food Bank, please phone one of the locations at 613-543-0065 or 613-774-0188.