CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Local Police officers are holding the fifth annual “Cop on Top” fundraiser on the roof of Walmart in Chicopee.
For the fifth year in a row, police officers from around Hampden County are standing on top of the roof of Walmart for 12 hours to benefit Special Olympics Massachusetts.
Springfield resident Daphne Marrero told 22News that the officers are providing a good example to the community as well.
“I like that they’re out in the community and it’s good for my son to know that cops are good and they’re here to help us,” said Marerro. “They’re serving a good purpose.”
From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, officers from all around Hampden county will stand on top of the Chicopee Walmart, raising money for the organization.
Their goal this year is to raise over $9,000 For the last three years they’ve raised at least $8,000.
Officers brought bags of three to four hundred stuffed animals that they are trying to give out Saturday in exchange for a donation to the Special Olympics.
Marrero added that she always likes to donate to good causes, such as ‘Cop on Top’.
Marrero told 22News, “We’re trying to do something special for the Olympics here in Massachusetts. I see stuff like this we like to contribute.”
The event pairs with the law enforcement torch run, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for Special Olympics.
Nine different police departments and the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department participated.
Chicopee Police Officer Michael Wilk told 22News that the departments were more than happy to take part in an event that gives back to the community.
“A lot of times when police are called to something it’s not for something good,” said Wilk. “They don’t go to good things you know we have to respond when there’s bad things happening so for us to be up here, to do a good thing like this to give back community, it shows the community we’re humans too and we do want to give back.”
In total, they’ve raised 35 thousand dollars from the past years at this event.
All the money raised goes towards year-round programming and needs for local Special Olympics athletes.