ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Hundreds of senior citizens from across Muskingum County gathered for a meal at Secrest Auditorium in the spirit of the season as the Fraternal Order of Police hosted a Christmas Dinner. The FOP distributed 500 tickets to the Senior Christmas Dinner throughout the community in an effort to give back to the senior population in the area. Patrolman Briar West says the FOP looks forward to giving back each year.
“We just like to give back any way we can. During the holiday season, we do a lot of different things this being by far our biggest. It’s all non-profit; we don’t make any money off of it—and it’s no cost to the seniors. All they do is have to show up with a good appetite and enjoy.”
The goal of the FOP is to contribute is to contribute and give back to the community in which they serve. Community projects are a vital aspect of the organization.
“The FOP is not just a whole bunch of cops sitting in a room, talking around a table. We’re all—how can we give back to the community? The community gives to us. We’re just as much for the people as we are for ourselves. The Senior Dinner here is something that every member of the FOP looks forward to every year.”
The Fraternal Order of Police is a non-profit organization of law enforcement officers. In addition to the Senior Christmas Dinner, the FOP also holds Shop with a Cop to benefit area children during the holiday season.