Cram the Cruiser to keep Hilliard kids warm this winter

Posted November 2, 2022 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Residents are invited to help local children bundle up this winter by donating to the City of Hilliard’s fourth 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 items, such as coats, gloves, hats, snow boots, scarves, and hooded sweatshirts, to “cram” a cruiser full.

Donors may use the collection boxes at the Hilliard Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive; Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway; or Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Drop-off is encouraged during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the boxes will be available after hours. Items will be collected at the boxes through Dec. 5, 2022.

Donations also can be dropped off at the Hilliard Tree Lighting, slated for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Downtown Hilliard. A cruiser will be located near First Responders Park

“This annual holiday tradition in Hilliard has grown enormously over the past four years thanks to the generosity of so many residents, businesses, and organizations in the Hilliard community,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods. “We take pride knowing this event ensures every child in Hilliard who needs a coat in Hilliard will get one.”

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 Nationwide Children’s Close to Home Hilliard, Security Plus Insurance, Japanese Automotive Service, Scioto Orthodontics, Credit Union of Ohio, and State Farm Insurance – Shannon Best.

In addition to City buildings, donations can also be dropped off at State Farm Insurance — Shannon Best, 3679 Fishinger Boulevard; Credit Union of Ohio, 5500 Britton Parkway; Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Road; Crooked Can Ohio, 5354 Center St; Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road; and Hilliard Church of Christ, 4300 Avery Road.

Officer Ron Burkitt picks up a Cram the Cruiser donation of coats, gloves, hats, and other winter items from Northwest Bible Church.
City of Hilliard police officers deliver coats and other winter weather items to children in Hilliard City Schools at the 2021 Cram the Cruiser delivery day.