June 25, 2016

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Ohio patrol hosts ‘Can the Cruiser’ event in Medina

MEDINA — The Medina post of the Ohio Highway Patrol has come up with a new way of measuring the success of their food drive today and Friday.

“Our hope is to fill the cruiser with food in these two days to help combat the hunger problem in Medina County,” said Lt. Bill Haymaker, commander of the Medina post.

The patrol cruiser will be parked outside Buehler’s supermarket, 275 Forest Meadows Drive, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for each of the two days.

Teddy Trooper will be at the event to greet children today and Friday. Santa Claus will join Teddy as the patrol’s special guest Friday.

The “Can the Cruiser” drive, done in cooperation with Feeding Medina County, is looking for both canned and boxed food items.

Suggested food items for the drive include spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, lasagna, stews, soups, tuna and peanut butter.

Boxed foods such as cereal, rice, dried beans, fruit or dried fruit, such as raisins, plums and cranberries, apple sauce and juice boxes are encouraged.

Children-friendly items include sugar-free pudding cups, granola bars, popcorn, graham crackers and animal crackers.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.