Things are getting a bit hairy at the Hoover Police Department this month.
The department is celebrating No-Shave November and raising money for the Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation. It joins several other Shelby County departments in raising money for the nonprofit, which works to provide basic services for families of terminally ill children.
“It’s a fun, friendly competition,” Captain Gregg Rector said. “This is the first year we’ve participated. It’s a funny way to raise money for a very deserving organization.”
Participating officers solicit pledges and make donations to the cause. They started the month with clean-shaven faces. At the end of the month, the department will gather at Buffalo Wild Wings for the ultimate beard show down. Judges will be on hand to determine the best beard as well as the most creative beard and attire for judging night.
The officer in possession of the best beard will receive a Yeti Cooler, and the most creative will receive a two-night stay in the Smokey Mountains.
The department that raises the most funding for Wings of Hope will receive a department lunch in December.
“In this line of work, we generally have pretty strict grooming standards, so this gives us a chance to relax those requirements for just a short period of time and the guys enjoy growing facial hair,” Rector said. “It’s fun for them to grow a beard for a few weeks.”
Rector said the department also is working to include female officers and administrative workers. Usually, the women are restricted to wearing only neutral color nail polish, but during No-Shave November, they are allowed to wear whatever color they like.
For more information on Wings of Hope, visit www.wingsofhopepediatricfoundation.com.