CONWAY P.D. CONDUCTS HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

by Gair on December 17, 2013

WITH SEVERAL CONWAY POLICE VEHICLES PARKED NEAR THE LITTLE BROWN CHURCH IN CONWAY LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IT LOOKED LIKE OFFICERS WERE STAGING FOR SOME KIND OF TACTICAL OPERATION.

AND IN A WAY THEY WERE, AS THEY STOPPED AROUND 3:30 P.M. TO UNLOAD HALF OF THE FOOD COLLECTED DURING A DAYLONG FOOD DRIVE AT TWO NORTH CONWAY SUPERMARKETS, HANNAFORDS AND SHAW’S.

CONWAY POLICE DISPATCHER JOANNE MacKENZIE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR THE HOLIDAY DRIVE – AND SHE AND OTHER MEMBERS OF HER DEPARTMENT STOOD OUTSIDE SATURDAY TALKING TO SHOPPERS AS THEY DONATED ITEMS THAT WERE PLACED INSIDE A POLICE COMMAND TRAILER.

MacKENZIE SAYS IT WAS COLD OUT BUT THE RESPONSE WAS AMAZING AS PEOPLE THANKED HER FOR DOING THE DRIVE.

THE TOTAL CONTRIBUTED CAME TO MORE THAN 200 GROCERY BAGS FULL OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, HALF A DOZEN FROZEN TURKEYS AND SOME HAMS. THE TRAILER WAS SO FULL OF FOOD MacKENZIE SAYS ITS TIRES ALMOST LOOKED FLAT.

ONCE THE FOOD DESIGNATED FOR THE LITTLE BROWN CHURCH WAS UNLOADED, OFFICERS TOOK THE REST TO VAUGHAN COMMUNITY SERVICE IN NORTH CONWAY.

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