ALBANY, Ga. -- If there is one thing cops are more enthusiastic about than doughnuts, it is the athletes who compete in the Special Olympics
Starting at 9 a.m. Friday, law enforcement officers from Dougherty County and Albany will be gathering donations at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 400 N. Slappey Blvd., to help raise funds for the athletes.
"Law enforcement officers are our biggest supporters," said Danny Knight, director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run. "Last year, about $15,000 was raised in Albany."
The "Cops on Doughnut Shops Kickoff at Krispy Kreme" will be followed by the torch run coming through Sylvester on May 9, Leesburg on May 10 and Albany on May 11 on its way to the 2012 games in Atlanta, Knight said.
"We'll have coupons for doughnuts, hats, T-shirts and other merchandise," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Col. John Ostrander. "The volunteers will be out there for donations and the more you give, the more you get."
According to Knight, the money raised helps provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
"It takes $128 to sponsor one athlete a year to go to the five state events," Knight said. "Albany is one of the top five donation locations in the state."
Look for volunteers from the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, the Albany Police Department, the Dougherty County Police Department and other agencies this weekend at Krispy Kreme taking donations for the cause.