Kentucky State Police Post 10 has once again won the statewide “Cram the Cruiser” campaign which gathers non-perishable food items for area food pantries.
“The real winners are the local food pantries and homeless shelters that benefit from this drive,” said KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs. “I am just pleased that Post 10 is able to help our local facilities and our local people in this manner.”
Post 10 recorded 29,944 pounds of food donated by area businesses and individuals, school groups and other organizations. The Harlan Post includes Bell, Harlan and Knox counties in its patrol area.
The weight of the food collected by Post 10 nearly doubled that of the closest challenge from KSP Post 8 in northeastern Kentucky which had 15,393 pounds. Post 8 serves 11 counties.
Across the state, a total of 123,764 pounds of food were collected during the drive, nearly 20,000 more pounds than the 105,148 recorded in 2012, 50,0931 in 2011 and 21,586 in 2010.
Post 10’s collections have risen drastically since 2010 when only 295 pounds of food were collected. The Post 10 collections rose to 14,436 in 2011 and 21,471 in 2012.
Students in the Harlan County School District collected 3,300 pounds of the food this year, filling a large camper truck. Cawood, Evarts, James A. Cawood and Wallins elementary schools and Harlan County High School all took part in the “Cram the Cruiser” drive.
Harlan County Schools Superintendent Mike Howard said he appreciates the effort put forth by administrators and school staffs to organize drives in each school to help such causes as “Cram the Cruiser.”
“It is a needed project in our county,” he said. “We try to teach children to give back to help their community. Our students certainly came through again this year.”
Jacobs delivered some of the food to Christ’s Hands in Harlan Monday afternoon. He said when they arrived to unload the food, “We were greeted by two ladies who were truly happy to see us. They told us they were very low on food and were extremely concerned about the demand and meeting requests for assistance. I think we got the food to them at the right time to benefit the needy in the community this holiday season.”
He said he was “surprised by the enthusiasm and dedication to the project” put forth by the students. “They were truly eager to help others this year,” he said.
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said statewide 124,064 pounds (62 tons) of food. Brewer initiated the program in 2010 to assist needy families in local KSP post and Commercial vehicle Enforcement region areas. Since that time, the agency has contributed more than 300,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches across the Commonwealth.
“The Kentucky State Police continue to maintain the traditions of service that our agency was founded on over 65 ago,” says Brewer. “Helping those in need is a fundamental part of our mission throughout rural Kentucky.”
Brewer says the campaign has developed into a friendly competition among KSP posts and CVE regions to see which location can collect the most food.
Harlan Post Capt. P.J. Burnett says the “Cram the Cruiser” effort from his post is led by Jacobs.
“I commend Trooper Jacobs and all Harlan Post staff for this extraordinary effort in collecting this amount of food,” said Burnett. “This could not have been accomplished without the help from the citizens and businesses in our post area. These donations will help provide meals to needy families throughout the post coverage area.”
To view photos of KSP personnel working the ‘Cram the Cruiser’ campaign, click on the KSP Flickr© Page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentuckystatepolice/sets/72157632246896968/