Cops collecting donations to benefit Special Olympics

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Get the jokes ready. Cops and doughnuts go together like...

Actually they go together like special athletes and the Special Olympics.

Officers from the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Police Department and the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office plan to collect donations for the Special Olympics over the weekend.

Where? Where else? They'll be at the Krispy Kreme Doughnut Shop at 400 N. Slappey Blvd. starting at 6 a.m. today until 6 p.m. May 2.

"We do this annually. It is the perfect way for police to work with the community for a good cause," said Phyllis Banks, Albany police spokeswoman. "The Special Olympics is a wonderful cause we support."

Last year the Cops on Doughnut Shops benefit statewide raised $122,000 for the state's Law Enforcement Torch Run. Law enforcement officers from Dougherty County and Albany raised more than $13,000 of the total.

That torch run helped raise more than $30 million to support Special Olympics programs.

"The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world," a Krispy Kreme press release stated. "More than 1,000 law enforcement officers take part in the 1,000 mile torch relay, raising money and converging at Emory University (Atlanta) for the summer games opening ceremony."

The Special Olympics Georgia branch provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. More than 20 sports from badminton, swimming and soccer to gymnastics are offered to help build life skills and confidence in the special athlete community.

Volunteers are still needed to take donations. To volunteer call Phyllis Banks Albany at (229) 483-6298.