GUTHRIE — Law officers recently waved from atop Missy’s Donuts and Bakery in Guthrie to raise funds for Oklahoma Special Olympics.
“I love the police officers; they are nice, and they are awesome,” said Erin Henke, 31, of Guthrie, who is a participant in Oklahoma Special Olympics.
The event was part of the national Cops on Doughnut Shops campaign, which raises money for Special Olympics, and Guthrie police raised more than $2,400 on April 1.
“Everything they do for us, Special Olympics, they do a fantastic job at,” said Henke, who made a donation to help others in the program.
The event brought out the Logan County Special Response Team, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, and other agencies to the doughnut shop.
A tactical vehicle, along with police cars and a Humvee from the narcotics bureau, were on hand for visitors to explore.
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“It just puts a smile on my face,” said Clark Edelen, a Guthrie police officer.
“Law enforcement has always been a partner of Special Olympics.”
During the seven-hour fundraiser, lines to grab a doughnut at times stretched outside, with people who donated entered into a raffle. Edelen hopes to continue the fundraiser.
“We just help out where we can and when we can,” said Missy Lewis, owner of the doughnut shop.
Specials Olympics Oklahoma benefits more than 11,000 athletes and is supported by donations to support the more than 140 sports competitions held every summer.
“Special Olympics are so important to me because I have been all over the world, the state and area,” Henke said.
The Oklahoma Special Olympic games will be May 17-19 in Stillwater.
CAPTION: Alley Carey, 7, of Guthrie, looks into the doughnut case at Missy’s Donuts & Bakery during a Special Olympics fundraiser. [Photo by Eriech Tapia]