Buses Stuffed with Toys In Annual Law Enforcement Operation

The Annual Stuff the Bus event was held on Saturday at both Mardens and WalMart. The event gathers local law enforcement agencies together to help collect donations of all kinds for kids this Christmas. This year the event was a huge success stuffing both buses full and then some. The toys will go back to the Baileyville Police Department for distribution. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon)

A message from Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons: Even with all of the folks on the list, nothing works without those of you that donated. Christmas just got a little less stressful and a lot merrier for so many. Thank you all, and if I missed you it was unintentional and I am truly sorry. All I ask is that you remember it is not the material things that are the most important part of this season. Remember family, be kind, be giving and most of all take care of each other. Thank you all. Joseph Moses and family, David Johnson and True Value Hardware, my wife Linda, William J. Nicholas, Sr., Todd Ricky-Bobby, Lisa Canaski-Smith and Minions 1 & 2, Amy Turner and Rex, Jamie Bohanon, Roliza DeWitt, Jason Fowler, Joe Bartlett, Andrew Ramsdell, Roxanne Redding, Seth Knowles, Charles Newman, Summer Woodruff, Charlie Ball, Jamie Denbow, Nook & Cranny Restaurant, Calais Dunkin Donuts, Wal-Mart, Marden’s, Michelle Wilson Stanhope, Gayla and Donnie Cox, Woodland Elementary School kids, Christine Diffin Murray and daughter Kendra, Sheila and Darin Hill, James Curtis, Jerry Crosby and the members of the Spednic Club, Craig Croman, Bill Gerlich, Keith Damon, David A Barnard, Jessica McCook, Kevin Kellenberger, The Passamaquoddy Tribe, Billie Jo Jack and her elves, our local Girl Scouts, April and Robbie Lee, Joseph Troiani, D & G Taxi/Garage, Gary Smith and the students from WCCC’s Supervisory Management Class, Law Enforcement agencies, Calais PD, US Customs and Border Protection, Maine State Police, Indian Township Police, Border Patrol, Indian Township Warden Service, Baileyville Fire Dept and Baileyville PD.

Students from WCCC’s Supervisory Management class held the Gift of Time Holiday Family Night recently to support Stuff the Bus. Project supervisors Bethany Borden and Samantha Ritchie share how it went: Our event was a success. We had between 30-35 children attend our event and, between the event and raffles, we were able to purchase $500 worth of toys for Stuff the Bus. It was a great learning experience and we are so happy we were able to take part in helping families in Washington County for Christmas through this service learning project.