OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - The mission behind the Easter egg hunt at Opelika's Jeter Park is all about facilitating a positive relationship between community members and the men and women who protect and serve them daily.
Oscar Penn longtime resident and current president of the concerned citizens of Opelika says this Easter egg hunt has been going strong for more than 30 years.
Starting last year in response to recent shootings, they decided to use the event to build positive relationships between citizens and law enforcement.
The goal is to create an atmosphere where specifically, youth are impacted.
Penn says, "We start with positive reinforcement of love and stimulating them right now. They'll grow up believing themselves and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and they will want to work. They'll want to be over achievers. They'll want to overcome it and that's what we provide here."
During the event heritage awards were also presented to five Opelika businesses and residents who have stood out in service to their community.
Organizers say they plan to make this an annual event.