Local police officers, volunteers, and detachment staff set up shop outside all four Save On Foods locations in the city Saturday to help feed seniors in need this holiday season.
The inaugural ‘Pack A PC’ (Police Car) event asked the public to donate a non-perishable item and place it in the back of a police vehicle. All proceeds went to the Prince George Council of Seniors.
Accounts Purchasing Clerk with the City of Prince George, Beverly Livingstone helped to start the initiative in Prince George. “We normally just collect a box at the detachment, but I heard about how people have been doing ‘Pack A PC’ in different communities – just last year Houston packed six PC’s,” Livingstone said. “I thought we’re a bigger community and we can do better than that, so I approached the detachment and here we are at all four Save On Foods packing police cars.”
About 100 regular police volunteers took the time to help out during the day. Livingstone hopes to fill police cars with food as many times as possible. “I did my rounds and each vehicle is pretty much full, we already had four this morning, so I hope we can fill each of them two to three times,” she said. “We’re looking at anywhere from about eight to twelve police cars today.”
Cpl. Craig Douglass with the Prince George RCMP was among of the many volunteers with police Saturday. He said the event is something he would like to continue in years to come. “I just think this is a wonderful opportunity for us as employees to spend our time and support this worthwhile cause – we only have a few causes we support each year and this is certainly one of them.”
Food donations will be accepted at Prince George RCMP detachments until Friday.