'Cops on Doughnut Shops' for Special Olympics

By Ed Brock

It was 5:30 a.m. and raining steadily when Riverdale Police Capt. Robert Fuller climbed on top of his doughnut shop.

Like several other police officers at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shops around the Atlanta metro area, Fuller was there to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics Georgia. This was his second year to spend a weekend on the roof of the Krispy Kreme on Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale.

"Seeing the (Special Olympics) kids the first time really got me," Fuller said. "There's nothing that could keep me from doing this."

Not even Friday's downpours could stop Fuller from taking his charitable post.

"I'm still wet," Fuller said Friday afternoon as he took a break from roof duty to collect donations at the door.

Fuller's hard work was paying off. By the time of the first call in at 10:30 a.m. Fuller, who had collected $800, was ahead of the other stores.

Chauncey Boone of Riverdale, who is a regular customer at the store, had made his contribution to the cause. He was impressed by the way Fuller met him at the door.

"He made it very clear that it was for the Special Olympics and it touched my heart," Boone said. "He seems like a sincere man about it."

Customers who donate more than $5 may receive gifts ranging in value from a free doughnut to a free dozen glazed doughnuts every month for a year. Along with collecting individual donations from customers Fuller and the other officers are also calling local businesses to solicit donations.

Corporations, organizations or individuals who donate more than $1,000 will receive a free Krispy Kreme Doughnut party for their employees.

Last year the "Cops on Doughnut Shops" program in Atlanta earned $71,000 and this year's goal is $100,000. Ms. Teen Henry County is scheduled to appear at the Riverdale store Saturday afternoon.