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Officers' fundraising efforts reach troops in Afghanistan

(KMOV) -- Law enforcement officers from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Overland Police Department are raising money to benefit the Special Olympics and reach out to troops in Afghanistan. 

Last year, officers began accepting donations for the Shirts for Soldiers campaign.  In addition to selling t-shirts to benefit the Special Olympics, officers offered to send t-shirts you buy to members of the military.

We reported their efforts last May.

By December, officers raised enough money to buy 70 shirts to ship to Task Force No Slack, 101st Airborne Division, lead by a lieutenant from St. Louis.

U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor said Lt. Colin Smith distributed the shirts to soldiers in the unit and shared t-shirts with local residents, as goodwill offerings.

Taylor tells News 4 in an email, "Postal Inspectors and Overland Police Officers look forward to continuing this campaign in 2013. All proceeds from Shirts for Soldiers and from the Law Enforcement Torch Run go directly to Special Olympics Missouri and are a major source of funding for the organization."

Learn more about the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics here.

If you'd like to donate $10 to send a t-shirt to a member of the military, contact Postal Inspector Dan Taylor by email at

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