The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department sold donuts outside of their station earlier this morning to raise money for Special Olympic athletes in Colorado. Selling one hundred dozen donuts and raising over $3,000 in just merely three hours, the event was a big success.
“We just want to thank the community for coming out and doing this. Without them, and without our athletes this stuff wouldn’t be possible,” says Sergeant Craig Bowen.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department and Grand Junction PD have been volunteering and raising funds for the Special Olympics in Colorado for years, “After doing it the first time, I fell in love with the athletes and that’s why I go back,” continues Bowen.
While holidays like National Donut Day may just seem like fun, those who purchased a donut from the sheriff’s department today could be making a difference in someone’s life, “Isn’t it interesting that something this simple can raise that much money in a span of three hours?” asks Special Olympics in Colorado’s Jan Radnoti.
Radnoti expresses major gratitude for everyone’s help not only today, but everyday, “It truly brings a lifeline for these athletes and I can’t thank them enough. It is the backbone for our organization,” she continues, speaking about Mesa County’s efforts to donate and volunteer for Special Olympics.
Without the help of fundraisers like this one from the sheriff and police departments in Mesa County, athletes may not be able to afford uniforms, equipment, and events like their upcoming Summer Games next week. Donut purchases at this event will contribute to the Special Olympics’ sports teams, coaching, health screenings, and unified schools, among many other programs.