Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Updated: 2:43 PM
By Rachel Keller
Deputy Chris Greenfield with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office stood next to his patrol vehicle outside Walmart in Benton last Monday afternoon, his birthday, with his blue lights flashing and his wife, Brandi, by his side. Since Nov. 1, the MCSO has collected non-perishable food items to assist with families in need with the holiday season in mind. Greenfield said last Monday’s Cram the Cruiser was one last major push to gather as much as possible in the days before Thanksgiving, which had a great turnout.
Greenfield didn’t want to take credit for spearheading what was, to his knowledge, the MCSO’s first ever Cram the Cruiser food drive.
He said, “The Lord put it on my heart and I thought I should be obedient so I went and asked the sheriff about it and he thought it was an awesome idea so we’ve been collecting all month. After Thanksgiving we will start our collection for Christmastime and we’ll do the same thing; you’ll be able to donate at the sheriff’s office and we’ll do another Cram the Cruiser event before the holiday, probably the Monday before Christmas.”
Greenfield said the donations were delivered to the Bags of Hope Food Pantry in Hardin, which feeds on average 29 families per week. He said it’s not uncommon the pantry workers end up delving into their own pockets to compensate for the food shortages to assist other families.
Greenfield said while he doesn’t know exact numbers regarding the amount of donations received, “the turnout has been awesome.”
“We were praying for a blessing and the community has really shown out for that,” he said. “The turnout has been awesome, people being generous and just showing up and showing love and we so appreciate it.”
Greenfield also had a large cardboard box next to the cruiser last week that held a few coats that had been donated. He said he was trying to help Rachel Lane with Second Chance Ministries in collecting new and gently-used coats and warm clothing for people in need.
“They will be good stewards of whatever people bring and it’s all to benefit people here in Marshall County,” he said. “If you want to drop off donations for that ministry you may at the Color of Light Salon up on the court square.”
The collection of non-perishable food items at the MCSO continues, now for the Christmas season, and may be dropped off at 52 Judicial Drive in Benton (across the street from Collier Funeral Home and McDonald’s).