Oceanside RCMP officers Swanson and Dally with some of the donations from the detachment’s food drive at two Parksville grocery stores Friday, Dec. 8. — Oceanside RCMP photo

Oceanside RCMP officers Swanson and Dally with some of the donations from the detachment’s food drive at two Parksville grocery stores Friday, Dec. 8. — Oceanside RCMP photo

Parksville Qualicum Beach Mounties collect for food bank

Oceanside RCMP cruisers crammed at area grocery stores

An impromptu food drive hosted by the Oceanside RCMP collected more than $1,000 in cash donations and filled two truck beds with food donations.

Members of the Oceanside RCMP set up outside of Parksville’s Thrifty Foods and Save-on-Foods on Friday, Dec. 8 to collect food and cash donations for the Salvation Army.

Officers spent two hours in front of each grocery store accepting donations, Cpl. Jesse Foreman stated in a written release from Oceanside RCMP.

After the two hours, Foreman said, two police trucks were filled with food and just under $1,300 was collected.

“It was heartwarming to see such generosity from this community,” Staff Sgt. Marc Pelletier said in the release. “I’m really grateful to Thrifty Foods and Save-on-Foods for the generous donations and letting us use their locations.”

— Oceanside RCMP news release