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Yakima Police Work for Donations to Special Olympics

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YAKIMA--Some Yakima police officers traded in their police uniforms for aprons Saturday to raise money for Special Olympics athletes.

YPD and Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies waited tables at Red Robin to get tips for a good cause.

Yakima County has 800 Special Olympics athletes.  All the money they raise stays in the county for those athletes.

One Yakima officer says they're just happy to get as much money as people are willing to give.

"We don't put a lot of pressure on ourselves or the community to set a goal and always up [what was donated] previous year," Lt. Mike Merryman, Yakima Police Department, said.  "It's just whatever's available and what people feel in their heart to give."

And, while officers help out on birthday songs, Merryman says they try to let the professionals handle waiting tables.

YPD expects Saturday's event to raise a couple thousand dollars.

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