Story By Natalie Salvatore
Photos Contributed By The Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Lee County law enforcement works hard to keep the community safe, and Donuts with Deputies is a way for officers to meet the citizens they serve, and vice versa.
Last year, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office created this casual, drop-in event during the holiday season as a way for both deputies and community members to get to know each other. Jessica Henderson, the media and community relations specialist for the office, plans the event, which will take place on Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. She said last year’s response was great and is looking forward to another year.
“We were so happy to see everyone that came to join us,” Henderson said. “Both the community members and deputies seemed to have a great time.”
Fortunately, as the event is fairly new, the COVID-19 pandemic did not affect its operations, which cannot be said for other businesses in the area.
Henderson wants community members to know that this year, instead of holding the event in the Sheriff’s Office lobby like last year, it will take place in the Twin City FOP Lodge No. 21 to give guests more space to enjoy the event.
Because of the drop-in style, Henderson said guests are welcome to come and go as they please.
“They don’t have to worry about staying the whole time if they have other things going on that night,” she said. “They can just stop in, have a sweet treat and meet the deputies.”
The event is free of charge and open to all ages. Besides donuts, parents can enjoy coffee, while their children can participate in other activities, such as coloring and mailing letters to Santa. Guests can wear festive attire if they would like. The Lodge is located at 1307 Saugahatchee Lake Road in Opelika. For more information, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/899655274433726.