WALLINGFORD — Police officers will be growing their facial hair next month to raise money for cancer patients.
Sgt. James Cifarelli said the department is one of about 40 participating in “No Shave November.” Money will be donated to the Connecticut Cancer Foundation.
”We thought that it would be best to partner with (Connecticut Cancer Foundation) because we want to give locally,” Cifarelli said.
The department goal is to collect $5,000. Cifarelli said last year the department raised $5,700.
”Last year we had an enormous response and I think we can beat that this year,” he said.
Dino’s Modern Barbershop, 202 Center St., will donate time to shave the officers in “shave off” on Dec. 3.
A portion of the No Shave November proceeds will also be given to the family of 15 year old who has been battling Ewing’s sarcoma for three years. The teen is the ambassador for this year’s state fundraising event, which means a percentage of the proceeds will go to him and his family.
Terri Eickle, director of development and special events for the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, said the teen, like many cancer patients, needs financial help.
“People think if you have insurance you’re Ok,” Eickle said. “All these little things, it piles up. This will really help the family.”
Participants can donate by visiting the website noshavenovemberct.org. Donations can be made in the name of an officer or the entire department.
The statewide goal is to raise $50,000.
“I think the officers are going to crush (the goal) they are enthusiastic and it is so inspiring,” Eickle said. “It’s unbelievable.”