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Five law enforcement departments -- Richland County Sheriff's Office, Mansfield Police Department, Shelby Police Department, Ontario Police Department and the Mansfield Post of the State Highway Patrol -- took part in the "Cram the Cruiser" event.

MANSFIELD -- Area law enforcement agencies collected 8,100 pounds of non-perishable food during their recent "Cram the Cruiser" event.

Five law enforcement departments -- Richland County Sheriff's Office, Mansfield Police Department, Shelby Police Department, Ontario Police Department and the Mansfield Post of the State Highway Patrol -- set up Dec. 23  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of grocery stores, collecting non-perishable food items.

“Cram the Cruiser” is designed to post local law enforcement officers with their marked patrol vehicle at local grocery stores, allowing citizens to donate non-perishable food items to fill the patrol vehicle, according to Lt. Amy Ivy, commander of the Mansfield patrol post.

Everything collected is donated to the local food pantries, charities and shelters, she said.

"The end of the year is difficult enough for our food pantries, charities, and shelters with the holidays," Ivy said. "We wanted to give back and ensure their shelves would be stocked in order to continue providing the best services."

"We would like to express our thanks to the citizens of Richland County for their support in this event," Ivy said. "If it wasn’t for our citizens, this event would not be possible.

"We would also like to express our thanks to the following grocery stores for their participation in the event; Ontario and Mansfield Walmart, Save A lot, Kroger on Lexington Avenue, and Cornell’s in Shelby," she said.

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