A Surrey RCMP patrol car packed full of food at Save-On-Foods in Guildford.

Surrey residents generously help ‘Pack the Police Car’

RCMP helps spread some holiday cheer with a variety of community activities.

More than 3,000 pounds of food and $5,000 in cash was collected in support of local food banks and charity programs during the Surrey RCMP’s first three “Pack the Police Car” events held across the city.

“The Surrey RCMP would like to thank Surrey residents for ‘packing the police car’ again this year and making the holidays a little brighter for those in need in our community,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “We can always count on the generosity of our citizens to illustrate the true meaning of the season.“

The final Pack the Police Car event for 2015 will be held on Dec. 31from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Save-on-Foods in Newton (7320 King George Blvd). Donations can also be dropped off at the Newton District Office (7235 137 St.) between now and then.

For more information or to donate, please visit the Surrey Food Bank, Sources Food Bank, and the Cloverdale Christmas Hamper Program.

Surrey RCMP has been involved in a few other holiday-themed activities this past month to help spread some holiday cheer in the city. This included officers and staff organizing a holiday toy drive for underprivileged children, collecting warm clothing for those in need, singing Christmas carols to the elderly, and raising extra money for the Surrey Food Bank at the detachment’s annual potluck lunch.

“We continue to urge residents to give back to the community in whatever way they can over the holiday season,” says Schumann. “While we live in a very prosperous part of the world, there are many people in our community who can benefit from a hearty meal, an unexpected gift, or just knowing that someone out their cares about their well-being. A special holiday welcome to those newly immigrated to our city as well.”

Starting this week, Surrey RCMP officers will be sharing some of their own “Mountie Wishes” for the community for the holiday season on their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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