Some Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies might look a bit fuzzier this November, but it’s for a good cause.
“One of the sergeants came to me with the idea to do ‘No Shave November,’” Jeff Richards, Franklin County Sheriff, said. “Just about everybody has someone in their family or a friend that has been affected by cancer, and we thought it would be a good idea to raise money and awareness for the cancer foundation. So we decided to do it.”
According to the official website of No-Shave November, “No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.”
The organization exists to achieve awareness and fundraising goals through its namesake during the month of November.
“No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness,” the website says. “The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
“The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. Strict dress-code at work? Don’t worry about it! We encourage participation of any kind; grooming and trimming are perfectly acceptable.”
The sheriff’s office announced its participation in No-Shave November earlier this week in a press release, stating that the public may notice some of their employees “need a shave.”
“Please know that we have not thrown out our professional standards,” the release said. “We are helping to raise money and awareness for the Franklin County Cancer Foundation. Anyone who wishes to help in this cause can stop by the Sheriff’s Office and make a donation. All money raised will be donated to the Franklin County Cancer Foundation.”
The office is also raising funds internally Richards said, adding this is the first year they have participated.
“We are hoping to do a couple of events throughout the month to raise extra funds, but right now the way that we are doing it is participating— you had to pay to participate,” he explained. “The Sheriff’s Office is being joined by other first responder agencies in the county, as well. This is just another way for us to ‘serve and protect’ the citizens of Franklin County.”