Residents Respond to CSP ‘Pack the Cruiser’ Fundraiser

CSP Officers Gilmore, Casebolt and Port of Entry Officer Dieterle

CSP Officers Gilmore, Casebolt and Port of Entry Officer Dieterle

Amid such designations as Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or perhaps one day…Plaid Wednesday, Lamar area residents took the time this past Friday to contribute to the local Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the Colorado State Patrol at Wal-Mart in Lamar.

Donated Toys

Donated Toys

Troopers Dan Gilmore and Jim Casebolt of the CSP, and Joshua Dieterle from the Port of Entry, devoted their Friday to helping Toys for Tots in Prowers County.  Gilmore, who has participated in the event for the second year said, “We get off to a slow start in the morning, but donations pick up as the day goes along.”  Two patrol cars and a Tahoe were parked in front of the local Wal-Mart as a drop off point.  Casebolt said, “We use the other car to drop off items for Toys for Tots and keep the cruisers in front of the store.

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During the course of the morning, one elderly gentleman came up to hand the officers a $20 bill and shortly afterwards, two teen-aged boys handed a newly-purchased gift to Gilmore which was placed in the patrol car’s back seat with some other donated gifts.

“The local girl scout group will be set up shortly,” Gilmore said, explaining the stacks of recognizable Girl Scout Cookies lining the store wall.  “My wife Cheryl will be on hand through the day, and she and the scouts will offer free cookies and hot chocolate to those who make a donation.”

This won’t be the only time the State Patrol unit takes part in raising donations, as Gilmore said he expects to be out in the field sometime in February for another well-known fund-raising event.

By Russ Baldwin


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