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The James City County Police Department will seek to help families during Thanksgiving through its second annual “Stuff the Cruiser” nonperishable food drive.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, located at 4670 Casey Blvd in James City County.
Master Police Officer Monique Marchand said the department decided to host the event again this year after the success of the 2014 Stuff the Cruiser event.
Last year, the department collected 580 nonperishable items during the event and an additional 300 items were donated through a food drive at Jamestown High School.
“James City County citizens do a lot for the police department and this is a way for us to give back to those in need and help support our citizens,” Marchand said. “Anytime you can help someone who is less fortunate, it’s always a good thing.”
Marchand said Jamestown, Lafayette and Warhill high schools are all hosting food drives this year to benefit the department’s campaign.
The donated items will be distributed among five religious establishments throughout the county, which will then organize the donations into Thanksgiving bags or meals for families in need, Marchand said.
She said nonperishable items and cash donations will be accepted during the Stuff the Cruiser event but not perishable items, as the food will not be distributed until the week of Thanksgiving.
Donations may also be dropped off at the Law Enforcement Center, located at 4600 Opportunity Way.