ELYRIA TWP. — Lorain County sheriff’s deputies are sporting a bit of stubble on their normally clean-cut faces.
The Sheriff’s Office announced the department will participate in its own version of the “No Shave November Campaign.” The campaign is a national fundraising effort sponsored by Chicagoland Hill Foundation and aims raise funds to support cancer prevention, research and education.
The campaign the Sheriff’s Office is holding, though, will support a local charity with the campaign donations.
The Sheriff’s Office is challenging officers to donate $30 to the local campaign. While certain personal appearance standards remain enforced, in exchange for the donation, officer may grow beards throughout November. The department usually does not allow deputies to grow beards and only allows mustaches that conform to certain guidelines.
Female officers may choose to participate by dyeing a strand of their hair blue in honor of cancer awareness.
Coupled with what is traditionally knows as “Dress Down Friday” funds, which allows officers to donate money to wear street clothes to work, Sheriff Phil Stammitti has authorized both funds to be donated to a local charity during the month of December, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Stammitti suggests that participation in the local cancer awareness campaign provides officers a fun and simple avenue to support cancer awareness while also donating to a local cause, the release said. Past donations have gone to several local nonprofit agencies across the county to support various initiatives or events.
Stammitti will announce the recipient of this year’s campaign funds, projected to be more than $3,000, in early December.