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Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser Event Brings Out the Spirit of Giving

December, 2019
  • Blue Santa gives a holiday greeting to QCC student George Baraklilis.
    Blue Santa gives a holiday greeting to QCC student George Baraklilis.
  • QCC President, Dr. Luis Pedraja and Detective Sargent Joseph Cecchi
    QCC President, Dr. Luis Pedraja and Detective Sargent Joseph Cecch
  • STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson stops by to make a donation to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
    STEM Starter Academy Project Coordinator Darcy Carlson stops by to make a donation to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
  • Associate Professor of English Michael Gromley, donates to the Suff-A-Cruiser event.
    Associate Professor of English Michael Gromley, donates Star Wars-themed toys to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event. Mr. Gormley is currently teaching the popular "Star Wars as Narrative and Culture." any student of his who donated a Star Wars toy will receive extra credit towards their final project.
  • QCC Police Academy students make a large donation on Dec. 9 to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
    QCC Police Academy students make a large donation on Dec. 9 to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.
  • QCC Staff Assistant Liz Hanlan made a quick drop off.
    QCC Staff Assistant Liz Hanlan made a quick drop off.

Not snow or sleet or canceled school days could keep away Quinsigamond Community College’s Campus Police from filling their cruiser full to overflowing with unwrapped toys at the College’s annual Stuff-A-Cruiser event. Once again thanks to the generosity of those in the QCC community who came out in droves to help those in need, the holidays will be just a little bit brighter for QCC students and their families.

QCC’s Campus Police, led by “Blue Santa” aka in Detective Sargent Joseph Cecchi, accepted donations of unwrapped toys and monetary donations to benefit the College’s Feed Our Family initiative (formally known as Feed A Family) at each QCC location.

A QCC cruiser was stuffed approximately four times with toys, and $350.00 in cash and gift cards. QCC’s Police Academy students also contributed by donating toys as a group to the Stuff-A-Cruiser event.

“It is so gratifying to see the support the Stuff-A-Cruiser event receives each year. This event is one we all look forward to each year and one that brings out the very best in our QCC community,” said Chief Kevin Ritacco. “We thank everyone for their generous donations.”

This year’s donations will help over 40 QCC families. 

"I hope this event was as enjoyable for you as it was for me.This year was a very special event even for me, as my wife and our three-month-old son, 'Ashton Cole Cecchi' donated to the event and spent some time with Blue Santa. However, the true joy came from all the students, parents, faculty and all the children, including my own, who I encountered during these events," said Detective Sargent Cecchi."Your gracious giving and community support has sustained and enhanced this wonderful QCC tradition of Stuff-A-Cruiser for four years and Feed-a-Family for over 31 years. Thank you for your help."

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