ALBANY — Despite the jokes about cops and their doughnuts, local officers and those circular sweet treats will be “raising some dough” this month for a great cause.
The annual Cops on Doughnut Shops weekend in Albany is set to begin at 7 a.m June 13 and will end at 10 p.m. June 14, said Kristin Caso, special events and marketing coordinator for Albany Parks and Recreation. On those days, law enforcement volunteers will be at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 400 N. Slappey Blvd., to accept donations to the Georgia Law Enforcement Torch Run, which benefits Georgia Speical Olympics.
In return for their donations, customers will receive a sugary reward, Caso said, ranging from a free original Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut to a complimentary doughnut party for individuals or groups contributing $1,000 or more.
“Thank you, Krispy Kreme, and for your awesome location,” Cason said. “It’s helped Albany to raise $13,933 last year for the Torch Run and that’s about $1,000 more than any other city in Georgia.”
While the Law Enforcement Torch Run is an actual running event where officers and athletes run the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” to the opening ceremonies of local tournaments, state or national games, its greatest importance lies in its purpose of raising funds and awareness the Special Olympics and for intellectually challenged athletes, Caso said.
According to Caso, funds raised through the LETR help offset the expenses of the Georgia games and are used for housing, meals, facility rentals, equipment rentals, medals and other expenses. No intellectually disabled athlete ever pays a fee to participate in a Special Olympics program, Caso said.
The officers will set up a tent in the parking lot of Krispy Kreme, Caso said. In addition to collecting donations, they will be selling items including tee-shirts and baseball caps.
“A lot of people just drive through the parking lot and give their loose pocket change,” Caso said. “It might not seem like much, but it really does add up.”