SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – Springfield police officers are giving up their razors for the month of November as a fundraiser for those in need.
Officers donated $50 in exchange for a “relaxed grooming standard,” which permitted the growth of facial hair during November.
A total of 25 officers at the Springfield Police Department participated, raising over $1,400.
The Springfield Police Department plans to purchase turkeys from Walmart and has partnered with United Way of Robertson County to deliver them to families within the community as part of the United Way’s Give Thanks Day of Action. Give Thanks Day of Action provides meals for families who need it most.
“I thought it would be a good way to help families in need during the holidays,” said Corporal Luis Castillo, who presented the idea. Corporal Castillo worked with Sergeant Stephen Wassman and Police Chief Jason Head to coordinate the fundraiser.
City Manager Gina Holt commended the officers for their commitment to the community. “I love the fact that they came up with the idea on their own. Our officers do so much for Springfield behind the scenes, and their desire to provide meals to families in need is a testament to their compassion for those less fortunate.”
In addition to giving back to the community they serve; the fundraiser allows officers to have some fun in the process. An award will be given to the officer with the best beard, determined by a post to the City of Springfield’s Facebook page that will allow citizens to vote for their favorite beard.
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Pictured left to right: Corporal Kevin Dearborn, Officer Taaron Timmons, and Officer Chance Carlisle.