Police around the state will be pumping gas to benefit Special Olympics
McGillen, who said the department raised a couple hundred dollars last year, added that the event makes the officers involved feel good because they know they are helping children.
“It is fun to go out and do this. It is a good chance for officers to interact with the public in a very positive way while also allowing us to interact with the athletes, which is an amazing experience,” said David Colby, a detective and prosecutor with the Portsmouth Police Department.
To Serve and Protect Day, which has been going on since 1999, raised more than $100,000 in New Hampshire last year, a total that Ashley Lawson, development coordinator for the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, said should be surpassed this year with even more police departments participating.
“It is great to have businesses help out with this. You can see how engaged the employees get, how much they want to support the Special Olympics. Then you see many of them volunteer on their own time. This has grown beyond just a month long promotion, it is really a year long partnership as well,” Lawson said.
“Everything is dependent on the residents who come out to support it,” Lawson said.
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