Police Stake Out Doughnut Shops to Help Special Olympics
By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Police officers in the metro are embracing an old stereotype. Cops are staked out at doughnut shops this weekend to raise money for Special Olympics.
Oklahoma City officer Mike McPherson will be perched on Krispy Kreme's roof the whole weekend.
"We have a bucket hanging down there, they can drop their donations in the bucket if they don't want to get out," McPherson said.
The money he's collecting will go toward Oklahoma's Special Olympics athletic games for the intellectually disabled.
"We have events all throughout the year for athletes from ages 8 [years old] to, I think our oldest athlete right now is 92," Special Olympics Volunteer Jill McPherson said.
All the "dough" that's added up will help fund the Oklahoma operation.
"I want to be a teacher, so education, especially with kids with special abilities, is kinda close to my heart," customer Allyson Strider said.
And it's not the first year police officers have embraced the old stereotype. The last time they did it they raised more than $30,000 in the state.
"It's really enlightening to watch the kids at Special Olympics, especially the summer games and the winter games," Mike McPherson said.
Customers at the drive-up shop, famous for its original glazed, are treated with something sweet, based on the amount of money they give.
And Oklahoman's will be able to keep giving for the next few days.
"The weather is the weather, I can't control that," said Mike McPherson. "We'll be here either way, even if it rains. It is rains, we'll be here."