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Toys collected for all good girls and boys

Lieutenant Chris Irving of the Duncan fire department helps cram an RCMP cruiser with toys at the Cowichan Commons on Saturday, Dec. 8. - Andrew Leong
Lieutenant Chris Irving of the Duncan fire department helps cram an RCMP cruiser with toys at the Cowichan Commons on Saturday, Dec. 8.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

The cruisers did indeed get crammed.

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP's Cram-A-Cruiser toy drive in the parking lot of the Duncan Walmart Supercentre Dec. 8 was a huge success.

The community was invited to donate unwrapped toys in a benefit for the Cowichan Basket Society and responded in droves.

"The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP wish to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this year's toy drive,'' said Cpl. Jon Stuart in a press release.

Const. Mike Doyle noted there was enough stuff to actually cram two cruisers and one pick-up truck full of toys.

Mariana Sass, Darcy Bouvier, Auxiliary constable Chris Clark and other members of the detachment staff came out to help collect the donations on their own time.

The Duncan Volunteer Fire Department was really fired up about the fundraiser, arriving with almost $1,000 in toy donations.

The basket society held a dinner Saturday for nearly 400 people. About 170 of those in attendance were children, who received one of the many gifts donated.

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