Const. Jesse O’Donaghey (left)

Const. Jesse O’Donaghey (left)

Lake Country fundraiser crams the cruiser

More than 3,000 pounds of food and other items and $3,744.25 were raised for the Lake Country Food Bank

The Lake Country RCMP are pleased with the success of this year’s Cram the Cruiser food drive.

More than 3,000 pounds of food and other items and $3,744.25 were raised for the Lake Country Food Bank during the annual event in the Cooper’s Foods parking lot Saturday.

“It is the touching stories we hear every year of why members of the community make their way to Cram the Cruiser to support the Lake Country Food Bank that make hosting this event worth while,” said Const. Jesse O’Donaghey.

“Like that of Jamie, Merrilee, Paighton and Landon Smith who made the journey into Lake Country for the event from Kelowna, with several boxes of baby diapers, facial tissue and bathroom tissues. The Smiths proudly support the Lake Country Food Bank in loving memory of their late family member, Joel Reimer, who lost his life suddenly and unexpectedly on New Year’s Day in 2010.”

Reimer had planned to give to the food bank after reaching a point in his life where he relied on the services of the food bank.

“Sadly, Joel passed away suddenly before he could give back, and now the Smith family support the food bank in his memory,” said O’Donaghey.

Since its inception three years ago, Cram the Cruiser has raised more than 8,843 pounds of food and other items and nearly $11,250.

“The Cram the Cruiser event would not be possible without our many sponsors who also include, Cooper’s Foods, the Lake Country Calendar, Nor-Val Rentals, and Okanagan Portable Signs,” said O’Donaghey.