Law enforcement officers from all over Muskingum County spent Thursday morning pouring coffee and serving food.
In collaboration with the Muskingum County Center for Seniors, Lodge #5 of the Fraternal Order of Police held a Christmas party for nearly 1,000 seniors. President of F.O.P. Lodge # 5, Wes Elson, says the idea for the Christmas party came about years ago as a way to give back to the community.
"This is our premiere event of the year, it’s kind of a big deal or us and there’s a lot of other volunteers, of course the senior center and all their volunteers facilitate this and do a great job setting this up for us," Elson explained.
The Christmas party is one of the biggest events thrown at the Center for Seniors. Executive director, Terry Dunn, says the seniors enjoy being served by the police officers and look forward to the event each year.
"The F.O.P and their auxiliaries raise all the funds and then our staff here at the Muskingum County Center for Seniors prepare all of the food," said Dunn. "We order it, prepare it, set up for it, tear down, clean up, but it’s just a great relationship we’ve had over the years with the F.O.P."
Students from Mid-East Career and Technology Center, Zanesville High School’s Key Club and the "YES" program also volunteered at the party.