Kristan, Angela, and an officer standing beside a cruiser filled with donated clothes

Cram the Cruiser to help kids gear up for winter

Posted November 23, 2020 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Residents are invited to help local children bundle up this winter by donating to the City of Hilliard’s second annual Cram the Cruiser event.

The event is a coordinated effort between the Hilliard Division of Police and the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department to collect new winter coats, gloves, scarves, and sweatpants to “cram” a cruiser full.

Those who wish to make a donation may use the collection box at the Hilliard Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive. Due to COVID precautions, the box is located outside, near the doorway, and will be monitored by staff members. Drop-off is encouraged during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the box will be available after hours. Items will be collected through Dec. 16, 2020.

The goal is to overflow the vehicle, said Hilliard Chief of Police Robert Fisher.

“This is an event we started last year and look forward to making into an annual holiday tradition in Hilliard,” said Chief Fisher. “We know there is a need in our community every year, but this year it’s more important than ever for members of our community to take care of each other.”

All collected items will be given to K-12 students at Hilliard City Schools.

“We are grateful for the support from the Hilliard Division of Police and our entire community,” said Hilliard City Schools spokesperson Stacie Raterman. “These coats, gloves, and hats will help so many students in our community stay warm this winter. Hilliard is an amazing community.”

Hilliard’s Cram the Cruiser is generously sponsored by BMW, Coffee Connections, Credit Union of Ohio, HealthMarkets, KEMBA Financial, Renovo Fitness, Rita’s Italian Ice, and Scioto Orthodontics.