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Stuff a cruiser to be held at Salem Walmart Saturday

SALEM – Area residents can help Columbiana County families in need by shopping at Walmart in Salem from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and stuffing a police cruiser with donations of new toys and new clothing.

Cash donations will be accepted, too.

“We hope to see everybody there. We’ll have the K-9s there,” Salem Police Patrolman Mike Garber said.

Garber is the handler for K-9 Simon and president of Quaker Lodge Fraternal Order of Police 88, which is co-sponsoring the third annual Stuff A Cruiser event with the Salem Police Department, OhioCAN Change Addiction Now Columbiana County and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office.

Special guests will include Salem Police K-9s Simon and Argo and the new K-9 Hunter from the Sheriff’s Office with Deputy Damin Beadnell.

A shopping list will be provided to people to use as a guide for what to purchase. The event is done in conjunction with Columbiana County Children Services for families they’re serving and families caring for children in foster care. They find out what the children want and the list is given to the police through OhioCAN and Brenda Hamilton.

Garber said all cash money donated gets spent to fill in the lists to make sure everything gets purchased that the kids want. A little bit is kept back to cover any emergency calls from families for Christmas.

“Last year we met all the needs we had on our list and still had a little bit left over for the Brightside Project and for Buckeye Elementary School’s gift-giving project,” Garber said.

This year the excess will go to the Brightside Project. He said he likes what the Brightside Project is doing and that takes a lot of stress off of the police department. He knows the help will go to families in the county.

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