Cobourg Police welcome your donations at their holiday cram-a-cruiser

Cobourg Police Service invites you to help them “cram-a-cruiser” on Sunday, November 20th, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at both David’s No Frills (500 Division St, Cobourg) and Walmart (73 Strathy Rd, Cobourg)

Once again, Cobourg Police Service has partnered with Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank (Fare Share) and The Giving Tree to help everyone have a joyous holiday season this year.

Cobourg Police Service members volunteer their time to run a holiday Cram-A-Cruiser food and toy drive event. All donations collected go to local individuals and families in need. Any non-perishable food items and cash donations will be given to Fare Share, and all the toys and gift cards will be distributed to families through The Giving Tree community project. The organizations will deliver these gifts for the holidays to families and individuals across Northumberland County. The Salvation Army continues to support the event by registering families for Christmas assistance and helping transport toys to the Giving Tree.

“The monthly Cram-A-Cruisers run by our auxiliary members have proven that the community’s generosity runs year-round. We anticipate the holiday cram-A-Cruiser will be just as successful,” said Chief Paul VandeGraaf, Cobourg Police Service.

“Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Fare Share Food Bank, the Giving Tree, and the Salvation Army for partnering with Cobourg Police Service again. We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.”

At last year’s holiday Cram-A-Cruiser over 6,500 pounds of food, nearly $4,000 in donations, and 180 toys were collected to support Northumberland Food Fare Share and The Giving Tree.

Furthermore, in 2022 the Cobourg Police Service auxiliary unit has hosted eight monthly cram-a-cruiser food drive events in Cobourg collecting over 17,000 pounds of food and over $17,000 in donations, proving that the generosity of our community runs year-round.

“The Cobourg Police Service’s support of Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank is nothing short of exemplary. Coupled with the generosity of this great community, we have been able to continue to help feed the ever increasing numbers of neighbours requiring our services.” – Director Denis Culver, Fare Share Food Bank

“The Giving Tree volunteers appreciate the continued support of the Cobourg Police Service. With these generous donations, we are able to fill about 1,000 children’s wish lists each year.”- Cheryl Baker, Coordinator, The Giving Tree

Cram – A – Cruiser Cobourg details:
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Location: David’s No Frills (500 Division St, Cobourg) and Walmart (73 Strathy Rd, Cobourg)
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you are unable to make it out to the event, you can still directly impact the lives of residents in our community by donating in other ways.
-To donate to Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank, visit
-Toy and gift card donations to the Giving Tree can be dropped off at the west end of Northumberland Mall Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting November 15th until December 10th. For more information, visit the Giving Tree Facebook Group.

If you or someone you know is in need of Food & Toy Assistance this holiday season, please visit The Giving Tree Facebook Group or The Salvation Army Cobourg/Port Hope website for information on where to apply.

Suggested Gift and Food donations:
Gift cards
Craft kits (e.g., bracelets and bath bombs)
Art supplies
Minecraft, Pokémon
Men’s socks
Board Games
Sports and comic books or magazines
Canned Pasta, Stew, Chili, Soup
Flakes of Ham, Turkey, Chicken
Canned Fruit & Vegetable
Mac & Cheese
Pasta/Rice Side Dishes
Cereal, Oatmeal
PB, Jam, Cheese Spread
Cookies & Crackers
Peanut Free Granola Bars
Pudding & Fruit Cups
Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate
Meal Replacement / Protein Drink
Juice & Juice Boxes
Oil & Sugar
Shampoo & Body Wash
Deodorant & Dental Care
Diapers & Baby Care
Period & Incontinence Products

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