Barriere RCMP detachment commander Cpl. Rob Welsman is shown taking part in the ‘Stuff The Cruiser ‘event held at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on Friday, Dec. 11. The event collected 845 pounds of food and over $1000 in cash for the local food bank. (Jill Hayward photo)

Barriere RCMP detachment commander Cpl. Rob Welsman is shown taking part in the ‘Stuff The Cruiser ‘event held at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on Friday, Dec. 11. The event collected 845 pounds of food and over $1000 in cash for the local food bank. (Jill Hayward photo)

‘Stuff The Cruiser’ a resounding success in Barriere

Barriere and Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual ‘Stuff The Cruiser’ event for the local food bank was a grand affair, even though this year it had to be a drive through due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

The Chamber parking lot was fully decked out for the season on Friday, Dec. 11, with Christmas trees and lights, a bonfire, and two amazing reindeer models created by Jeff Sealy of JHS Renovations, and painted by Mandy Watts. A steady line of vehicles arrived throughout the afternoon and early evening to deliver a special form of Christmas cheer for those who needed a helping hand this year.

Numerous folks dropping off donations had their photograph taken with RCMP Cpl. Rob Welsman while standing beside a sign that read ‘I Stuffed The Cruiser 2020’, with Cst. Wallbank and Cst. Hunt also doing a brief stint.

Goods in the cruiser were then transferred to a Barriere Food Bank cargo trailer and quickly hauled away to be packed into Christmas hampers.

“All proceeds went to the Barriere Food Bank, and that included over $1,000 in cash donations, and 845 pounds of food items,” said Chamber rep and event organizer Lianne Hamblin.

Barriere Food Bank said, “Thank you everyone who donated cash or food stuffs, and boxes and boxes of fabulous gifts.”