“Spare Change for Real Change” for Special Olympics Illinois was held statewide over the weekend, marking the 45th anniversary of the beginning of the Special Olympics. Illinois State Police District 22 Troopers and Metropolis Police Officers were at the intersection of 12th and Metropolis on Friday from 8 to noon collecting money, and Trooper Michael Usher tells KZIM-KSIM that he was overwhelmed by the generosity. Trooper Usher says that in those four hours $1,306.27 was raised—and it is important to continue fundraising for the athletes’ sake—so they are able to participate in the game free of charge to them or their families. For more info on how you can help, go to specialolympics.org.
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