Showing support for children in need

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
With a number of traditional drop-off locations at churches and civic organizations closed due to a novel coronavirus, Cram the Cruiser organizer Quin Wells was worried that the annual charity event that benefits local children in need would suffer a significant decline in donations needed to grant holidays wishes. But on Dec. 6, she discovered that those worries were unfounded as the community came to assist. For three hours in the afternoon on that day, a steady stream of motorists pulled into the parking lot at the Grove City United Methodist Church to donate a variety of toys, books, clothing, gift cards and monetary donations to benefit Jackson Township’s Firefighters for Kids program and Franklin County Children Services holiday wish program. “This Cram the Cruiser event has been dramatically different from year’s past,” said Wells, “but what did not change was the giving spirit of the community. We are so thankful for them, the church, the city of Grove City and the Grove City Division of Police for allowing us to continue this great event.”
Above, Santa Claus (aka John Hampson) helps sort the clothing that will go to FCCS. In addition to lending a sorting hand, Mr. Claus and Mrs. Claus purchased and hand-crafted their own warming items for the organization.
Officers Aaron Ragland (left) and Paul Coleman (right) pose with one of the large items to be distributed to a child in need.
Santa Claus and Officer Chris Eberhard wave to passing motorists on Columbus Street.
Officer Chris Eberhard pets a passenger dachshund whose human was dropping off donations at the event.

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