Law enforcement officials from across Central New York are making an effort to help the New York Special Olympics. As part of the Cops on Top campaign, officers are standing on rooftops and collecting donations at numerous Dunkin' Donuts locations. Our Brad Vivacqua caught up with some of the volunteers and tells us how helpful the donations are.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- You may have noticed DeWitt police officer Randy Andrews on the roof of Dunkin' Donuts in East Syracuse Friday morning.
"It's for a great cause. We'll do anything for a great cause," said Officer Andrews.
His effort was to garner attention encouraging people to make donations. Funds will help support about 56,000 New York Special Olympic athletes.
Andrews was joined by fellow officers from a number of departments ready to greet customers in the parking lot. And on the inside, Dunkin Donuts employees were hard at work.
Customers making donations were given a voucher for a free coffee, and for larger donations, some coffee to take home and even a T-shirt to help Special Olympians.
But the all day campaign, held in numerous locations across Central New York, is about more than just coffee and donuts.
"Everything we do, all 22 sports, year round competitions is free to our athletes, we never charge them or their caregivers so these programs, through the law enforcement Torch Run initiative, like Cops on Top, Polar Plunge Over the Edge, raise millions of dollars for our athletes," said Renee Snyder, Special Olympics NY Development.
"For all of us here we're doing it on a volunteer basis, we're doing it because we want to and because we think it's a great cause," said Officer Andrews.