Lexington Police Special Olympics fundraiser continues Thursday
Chick-fil-A restaurants in Lexington will have an increased police presence Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but it’s not for the reason you may think. “Cops on the Coop” is a fundraising event taking place at Chick-fil-A, to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The Town of Lexington Police Department has a tent placed beside the store with bracelets, hats, and shirts that are all available with different donation amounts.
Patrolman Jen Klinsic was working the tent Wednesday afternoon with Special Olympian Travis Luthren. According to Klinsic, this is the second year for Cops on a Coop partnering with Chick-fil-A. She said she has enjoyed participating and learning a lot about the Special Olympics. “It is rewarding, and it’s very educational too,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot from Travis, and I’ve learned a lot from all the athletes that come out.” Klinsic also mentioned she is happy to know that 100 percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser go straight to the Special Olympics.
Luthren said he has been a part of the Special Olympics since 1998. He said being out and involved in the fundraiser is one of the things he enjoys. “It makes me smile to know that the community is a big part of this,” he said. “I think it’s a great thing to do.”
According to Klinsic, the goal for the fundraiser this year is $10,000. She said they would like to top last year’s grand total, which was a little over $7000. “This time, we have two locations running for two days, so our goal was raised a little bit,’ she said.
A bracelet is given to everyone who makes any donation amount. A hat comes with a $15 donation, and a T-shirt is given to anyone who makes a donation of $20