DPD makes ‘No Shave Novem­ber’ do­na­tion

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By JACK RODGERS [email protected]­pub.com

DEN­TON — The Den­ton Po­lice De­part­ment made a do­na­tion of $1,516.25, af­ter so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions for its “No Shave Novem­ber” cam­paign.

Lt. Ge­orge Ba­corn said the de­part­ment nor­mally sets out jars and other signs so­lic­it­ing sup­port from the com­mu­nity through the month of staving shav­ing. He said the de­part­ment al­lows of­fi­cers to wear beards dur­ing the month, as long as they are neat and well kept.

“This is the se­cond year, and sev­eral of­fi­cers par­tic­i­pate,” Ba­corn said. “Last year, we made a $500 do­na­tion ... Some peo­ple so­licit through town; oth­ers do Face­book cam­paigns.”

No Shave Novem­ber is a na­tional cam­paign, fo­cused on rais­ing can­cer aware­ness. The goal is to em­brace grow­ing hair, which many can­cer pa­tients lose, and let­ting it grow to raise aware­ness.

The month-long aware­ness event en­cour­ages peo­ple to grow their leg hair, among with other fol­li­cle ar­eas.

At the end of the month, those par­tic­i­pat­ing also asked to do­nated their hair main­te­nance ex­penses to the cause.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site, no-shave.org, lists three ma­jor part­ners as the re­cip­i­ents of do­na­tions. The or­ga­ni­za­tions are the Pre­vent Can­cer Foun­da­tion, Fight Colorec­tal Can­cer and the St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal.

Ba­corn said the po­lice de­part­ment al­ways do­nates to St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, as sup­port­ing chil­dren suf­fer­ing through ill­nesses or other de­bil­i­tat­ing dis­eases is near to their hearts.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the de­part­ment gen­er­ally sup­ports lo­cal youth through other pro­grams in the Den­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, he said.

“We want to help the kids. That’s pretty much what we do,” Ba­corn said.

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The Den­ton Po­lice De­part­ment made a do­na­tion of $1,516.25, af­ter so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions for its “No Shave Novem­ber” cam­paign.

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