Cop cruiser crammed with goodies

Goods and donations flooded in as regional RCMP hosted Cram the Cruiser in Lake Country.

  • Dec. 5, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Keith Stutters

Kelowna and Lake Country Mounties were overwhelmed by the generous donations to this year’s Cram the Cruiser for the Lake Country Food Bank.

“The 5th annual Cram the Cruiser saw sizeable donations from businesses all throughout the Okanagan Valley, from small business owners in Penticton to small businesses in Lake Country,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey. “This year’s single largest donation was personally delivered by Keith and Loretta Stutters, of Stutters Disaster Kleenup in Kelowna, who generously donated $2,500 to Cram the Cruiser for the Lake Country Food Bank.”

Just over 1,500 lbs of donated items, including non-perishable foods, and $7,640 in cash and cheques for the Lake Country Food Bank were collected.

Since the inaugural event in 2012, Cram the Cruiser has raised more than 10,000 lbs of donated items, and well over $20,000 for the Lake Country Food Bank.

“The Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP and the Lake Country Food Bank would like to thank our partners at the Lake Country Volunteer Fire Department, as well as all our sponsors who made this year’s event another huge success,” said O’Donaghey. The sponsors were WestJet, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, the Kelowna Rockets, Costco Wholesale, The Keg, the Lake Country Dairy Queen, L’Isola Bella Bistro, West Kelowna Napa Auto Parts, the Lake Country Calendar, Nor-Val Rentals, Okanagan Portable Signs and Save-On-Foods.

The winner of the grand prize donated by WestJet was Neil Bolton of Lake Country, who won a ‘gift of flight voucher’ for one round trip flight for two people to any scheduled WestJet destination.

“Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Cram the Cruiser and chose to generously give back to the community of Lake Country,” O’Donaghey said. “Your generosity this year was truly staggering.”

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