Troop K fills a cruiser in Columbia

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Columbia - posted Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Manning a Stuff a Cruiser event in Columbia on Dec. 14 are (l-r): Conn. State Police Trooper Yvette Kramer, Police Cadets Brianna Poulin and Travis Gilchrist, Columbia Resident State Trooper Joy Owens, and John Hahn from the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Melanie Savage.
Manning a Stuff a Cruiser event in Columbia on Dec. 14 are (l-r): Conn. State Police Trooper Yvette Kramer, Police Cadets Brianna Poulin and Travis Gilchrist, Columbia Resident State Trooper Joy Owens, and John Hahn from the Columbia Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Melanie Savage.

It was about 20 degrees on Dec. 14, as several volunteers stood in the falling snow for most of the morning and into the afternoon collecting toys for Columbia’s Fill a Cruiser event. The toys were destined for local social service agencies, where they would be distributed among the towns covered by State Police Troop K.

“My philosophy is we need to give it back to the 12 towns,” said Trooper First Class Joy Owens, the resident state trooper for Columbia. The year 2013 marked the ninth year that Owens has overseen the event.

Troop K was scheduled to host six different drives throughout its service district this year, said Owens, including events at Ted’s IGA in Hebron, WalMart in Windham, and the new Tractor Supply Store in Colchester. Toys are also collected at the Troop K barracks.

“I’d guess that we generally collect about 3,000 toys,” said Owens. Children identified through social service agencies receive up to eight toys apiece. “It’s wonderful to be able to help,” said Owens.


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