Special Olympics money lost

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer

Chris Morgan said she is having a hard time forgiving herself. She’s already making more blankets to sell and maybe she’ll organize a yard sale. She’s determined her daughter and other area Special Olympics athletes won’t have to skip a beat.

Saturday morning, Morgan said she got an oil change and took two bank deposit bags with her into the lobby while she waited.

It wasn’t until afternoon she realized she forgot the money she had been working since May to raise for the Special Olympics.

“It was my fault. I was thinking I was being smart by taking the bank bags out of the vehicle. … It was my fault,” she said.

When Morgan returned to look for the bags, she said they were gone.

According to a police report filed Saturday, the two bags contained almost $1,400 in checks, gas cards and cash.

Morgan said police are investigating, but, “didn’t give me a whole lot of hope. (They) said more than likely those checks are in a dumpster somewhere.”

She’s channeled her frustration into getting the money back. “It was to help our athletes with their travel,” she said.

Morgan said she has supported the program since her 13-year-old daughter developed a love of the equestrian event five years ago.