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Cops and doughnuts help Special Olympics

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- It seems nothing goes together better than cops and doughnuts, except maybe the Special Olympics and special, athletic children.

To support the Special Olympics Georgia, law enforcement officials plan two events in the area. Starting at 7 a.m. Friday, law officers from Dougherty County and Albany will be gathering donations at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 400 N. Slappey Blvd.

"All the law enforcement agencies are participating to get 'dough-nations' for these deserving kids," said Marie Ostrander, of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office. "We look forward to raising money so the children can attend their Special Olympics."

According to the website specialolympics.org, the money raised will help provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

"The goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens."

The plan for the three-day event calls for officers and other employees to be on hand to collect for the special athletes until midnight each day. Last year donations rang up to about $15,000.

Lee County doesn't have a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop, so the Sheriff's Office decided to throw a festival to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The Lee County plan calls for the third annual festival to run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14 at the old Lee County soccer field, 110 Starkesville Ave.

The festival will have a "Dunk a Cop" water tank, a silent auction, a bake sale, carnival games, music and dancing, food to eat and arts and crafts booths.

"You can toss a pie in the face of a cop," said Sheriff's Sgt. Tammi L. Stevens. "The events are for all ages and admission is free. We hope to see you there."