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MPD, Probation bagging for bucks today

Mike Conway

Post Date:05/02/2017

MPD, Probation is bagging for bucks today

Officers from the Merced Police Department and Merced County Probation Department are bagging groceries at Save Mart Supermarket, 150 W. Olive Ave. from 2 to 6 p.m. today as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. The officers are bagging groceries for tips and selling t-shirts to raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.

The two organizations are helping local Special Olympians travel to UC Davis to take part in the annual games at the school.

If you can't make it shopping today there are other ways to help out -- a virtual run or an online donation.

The 'Spark the Torch Run 1st Annual Virtual 5K/10K Run' is held any time, any day, anywhere between May 14 through May 21. A virtual run is when a person completes the event on his or her own terms, picking the route, date and start times.

Register for the event online at The cost is $25 and all proceeds go to the athletes. All participants get a 'Spark the Torch' tech shirt. To get a look at the shirt go to or Facebook or Instagram Code3Ink.

For more information contact the race directors, Krista Stokes, 209-631-5678 or Christie Zwart, 209-988-3090. Look for the Facebook event on Code3Ink. Organizers say sweaty selfies are welcome.

 For anyone who would like to donate on-line, there is a team page on Steps to navigate the page:

Click 'get involved'

  1. Pick Law Enforcement Torch Run

  2. Click 'learn more and register'

  3. Click 'donate to the Event'

  4. Enter team name ' Merced Police / Merced Probation Chapter

  5. You will be directed to the page and can make an on-line donation

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