2018 Cram The Cruiser Food Drive Breaks Records

  • 11/5/2018 1:23:16 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Ashland Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol completed their annual “Cram The Cruiser” food collection for the Ashland County Associated Charities on Saturday outside of the Wal-Mart on Main Street, and it was record-breaking.

Troopers were posted outside of Wal-Mart from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, where shoppers could deposit cash donations or leave food and clothing inside the parked cruisers. By the end of the four-hour period, two cruisers and one personal vehicle were stuffed with non-perishable items such as cereal, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, paper towels, hygiene products, dish soap, clothing, and more

In 2017, their best year to date, they were able to collect 1,180 pounds of food and $456 in cash. This year food donations more than doubled to 2,800 pounds, and troopers collected $546.08.

All of the donations and proceeds went to benefit recipients in Ashland County through Associated Charities at 240 Cleveland Ave in Ashland.

“When I saw the first vanload pull up and open the doors, I was amazed, especially when they told me that this was just the first load. The second load was equally impressive," said Rosemarie Donley, the Executive Director of Associated Charities. "The generosity of this community continues to humble us... The word that keeps popping into my mind this year here at Associated Charities is 'abundance'."

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