Police hold successful food drive

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoThe Newburyport Police and Fire departments held a food drive Saturday at Shaw’s Supermarket and Market Basket. Sorting food donations at Shaw’s for the Fill a Cruiser food drive are Newburyport High School students working on their community service commitments. They are, from left, Ethan Duggan, 14, Max Ligols, 15, Nick Daly, 15, and Calvin Murray, 14.

NEWBURYPORT — The city’s Salvation Army chapter is about to receive $9,000 in donations and food courtesy of the Police Department’s 13th annual Fill a Cruiser food drive. 

City Marshal Mark Murray said the fundraiser, held Saturday outside Shaw’s Supermarket and Market Basket, yielded $1,500 in cash and gift cards, along with $7,500 worth of food. 

“It is always humbling to see the generosity during this annual event,” Murray said. “This event is one we look forward to each year and I am so proud of the officers and volunteers who make it possible.”

Murray said the food drive wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the support of police officers, family members, friends and employees who helped out. 

“Some members from the local Boy Scouts troop were also on hand at the Salvation Army to help unload all the donations,” Murray said. 

The following is a list of food drive volunteers: records clerk Susan McGrath, police officers Josh Tierney, Megan Tierney, Ronald Senter, Rob Vatcher, Chuck Vorderis, Derek Peru, Ryan Cutter, Charles Eaton, Tori Smith, Rob Padellaro and Dani Sinclair, Calvin Murray, Max Ligols, Nicholas Daly, Ethan Duggan, Ella and Avery Tierney, C.J. and Maddox Eaton, and Jackson Nicoll.

Officer Matthew Whitty organized the event and Domino’s Pizza donated 12 pizzas.