JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Friday Wal-Mart shoppers were surprised to see members of the Jonesboro Police Officers out in full force at the Highland location.
They weren't making an arrest; they were working to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Investigator with the Jonesboro Police Department Prowl Unit, Chad Henson, says law enforcement has been involved with the Special Olympics for some time now. "The police force has been involved with this since Kansas City, since Chief Munson started the torch run twenty-five years ago. We are still the guardians of the flame so we still carry that torch flame throughout our cities. Our leg will be from Blytheville all the way to Searcy. So, we do our part for Northeast Arkansas and carry that flame."
Friday and Saturday officers are volunteering their time all day to ask for donations. Henson says all the money they raise will be used for athlete's right here in Region 8.
"It is very important for people to come out and give money for the Special Olympics so that these athletes have a chance, just a chance, to go down to Searcy so they can compete. They money we received here at Wal-Mart goes for our athletes. Our athletes only. One hundred percent goes to our athletes so they can go to the games."
Kenny Potts and his family are from Trumann, and says they feel it's important for people to give whenever they can. "It's a good thing to help out any time you can help out, especially when people need it the most. You know, things are hard right now for everybody, but anytime you have any spare money I think it's a good thing to just give and help out. If it's giving to a charity or helping out in your community."
Henson says if they manage to have any leftover funds from the Searcy expenses, the rest will go for an even bigger cause for our athletes. "This money goes straight to our athletes to go to be transported to Searcy, for uniforms for Searcy and that money will also be used for the International Games in Greece next year."
Henson says anything you can give will help, whether it jingles or folds.
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