State Police help local charities with annual food drive

Hampden County

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – For the fourth year running, State Police detectives hosted a food drive in western Massachusetts on Saturday.

The Hampden District Attorney’s Office and its State Police Detectives Unit stationed themselves outside of the Wilbraham Big Y for hours Saturday collecting food for local charities.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the detectives unit and Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni filled truck beds with groceries from generous residents.

The donations will be distributed to local pantries and charities.

Those going about their typical shopping Saturday said they were happy to donate to the cause.

“I just think it’s important to donate to people who don’t have the ability to buy like I do, to purchase items,” said Kristine Kemp of Wales. “If we can all help out a little bit it goes a long way.”

Kemp went on to say how nice it is to see police giving back in a different way, beyond protecting and serving our communities.

The State Police weren’t the only ones collecting donations on Saturday either.

The Agawam Police Department is holding its ‘Stuff the Cruiser’ drive this weekend, collecting Thanksgiving food for local charities.

Officers were posted outside of Southgate Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. collecting donations from shoppers.

If you missed your chance to donate to the cause, the event continues on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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