Cops step into the kitchen to raise money for Special Olympics

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Local law enforcement was called out to Chili's on 24 1/2 Road on Sunday. It was only to make sure customers had a great dining experience while raising money for the Special Olympics.

"You don't have to ask them twice. They love being here and giving their time," said Master Trooper Chris Wright with Colorado State Patrol.

Mesa County deputies and state troopers stuck to the simple tasks.

"We don't do food orders because we will mess those up, no doubt about that," Wright said.

So guests saw them in different roles: filling drinks, sweeping and even busing tables. Some of the athletes from the Special Olympics helped along the way, as well/

"They love coming out and mingling with these diners about the sports they play, and the medals they've won and ribbons they've won and interacting," Wright said.

It helps bring the community together one plate at a time

"It really shows our officers in the valley...come together in a group effort to make a difference in the valley," Brian Mellon said, who was at Chili's for the cause.

The Chili's location in Grand Junction has raised the most money in the state the past two years.

"We're trying to keep that and we're proud of that," said Wright.

The money raised from the fundraiser will go directly back to Special Olympics and it'll stay in Colorado. This makes it possible for the athletes to compete without any cost to them or their families.

Chili's across the nation participated in this fundraiser.

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