Marlborough – Razors remain idle this month at the Marlborough Police Department (MPD) as the force teams up for “No Shave November,” to raise money for the local charity, Cops for Kids with Cancer.  Officers participating are free to let their beards grow through Friday, Nov. 30, in exchange for donating $100 or more toward the cause.

Cops for Kids with Cancer is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that provides financial support to families of kids with cancer to help them pay for transportation, rent, hotel stays and more. The organization is run entirely by volunteers, with over 94 percent of funds generated going to families in need of assistance. The charity is chaired by Lt. Bill Coulter of the Massachusetts State Police, a cancer survivor himself.

Whisker-laden Sergeant Daniel Campbell of the MPD is pleased that his force has gotten involved supporting the entity.

“The Marlborough Police Department has always tried to support and assist our community through a variety of charitable events,” Campbell said. “One of our retired officers, Sergeant Richard McDevitt, found out about this charity three years ago and our Chief thought it was a great idea to raise money for children battling cancer.”

Campbell enjoys the conversations that the beard growth sparks.

“What I like most about this initiative is our officers have a lot of interactions with the public and when a person sees an officer with a beard, they almost [always] ask about it,” he said. “This leads to more awareness about the charity and creates a lot of public support.”

Story by Community Advocate

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