SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — Special Olympics Texas raises donations every year to help athletes compete. 

Over the past 13 years, the "Tip-A-Cop" event at Texas Roadhouse restaurants has raised more than $1 million. Law enforcement officers volunteer to serve diners and then turn over all their gratuities.

All donations in Sherman go directly to the athletes in Texoma.

"All of the money that we raise locally does stay with the local athletes in our area," said Texas Roadhouse spokesperson Bailee Glenn. "Statewide we have raised almost $1.5 million for the Special Olympics. It's a really fantastic way for us to partner with the local police."

Sherman police as well as the deputy Mayor describes this as a perfect way to interact and spend quality time with the community.

Sargent Shivers says, "it's a great way for us as law enforcement to get out and give back to our community and interact with our community in a different light. In doing so, we are helping a great cause in supporting the athletes for the special Olympics."

"I think it is wonderful that our police department is willing to step up and support a very worthwhile cause by taking time on their own time and to come out here and help serve dinners and see what people need," said Sherman's Deputy Mayor Pamela Howeth.

The goal is to at least raise $1,000  in Sherman.