MSP Stuff A Blue Goose campaign underway

Courtesy Photo Troopers from Alpena’s Michigan State Police Post gather on Nov. 8 outside Family Fare in Rogers City to kick off their Stuff A Blue Goose campaign. Another event is set for Dec. 8 in Alpena.

On Nov. 8, the Michigan State Police Alpena Post held a Stuff a Blue Goose event at Family Fare in Rogers City. Troopers stood outside with their Blue Gooses, which are their patrol cars, collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for families in need around the area for Thanksgiving.

“Staff at Presque Isle County Council On Aging and the Alpena Post would like to thank the community for their very generous donations which allowed us to stuff our patrol cars with approximately 1,320 items of food and toiletries,” said Community Service Trooper Ashley Simpson in a press release. “Without the donations from all the members of the community, our event would not have been possible. Thank you again for your very generous donations and for helping the troopers of the Alpena Post and Rogers City Detachment make a difference in the lives of those in need in Presque Isle County this fall.”

In Alpena County, the Michigan State Police is organizing the sixth annual “Stuff A Blue Goose” event — a drive to gather toys and non-perishable food items for those in need this holiday season.

“We have long referred to our patrol cars as a Blue Goose and we are hopeful to be able to stuff them full of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items,” Simpson said in a press release.

Troopers will have a Michigan State Police patrol car situated at both Wal-Mart and Neiman’s Family Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, to gather any donations.

“Our goal is to gather as many toys and non-perishable food items as possible in an eight-hour period,” Simpson said.

Donations can also be made prior to the event on Dec. 8 in Alpena at the MSP Alpena Post, at 3283 W. Washington Ave., Alpena.

All of the toys gathered will be turned over to the Salvation Army for distribution to families in need in Alpena County. Food items collected will be divided between the Salvation Army and the St. Bernard’s Friendship Room in Alpena.

If you have any questions, contact Simpson at 989-354-4101.