Whiskers for Wishes, outlined by Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway at Monday’s town council meeting, landed council’s unanimous blessing. Council agreed to waive the police department’s strict facial hair grooming standards.
From Oct. 15 through Dec. 31 facial hair is allowed for participating police force members who agree to pay $120 apiece: $20 for the month of October, $40 for November and $60 for December.
"You can park your Gillette!” said Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood following council’s affirmative vote at the Oct. 2 meeting.
Every penny generated through this no-shave privilege coupled with support from the community will support Grace United Methodist Church’s efforts to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families in Millsboro.
Millsboro Police Department, with its contacts at the North Pole, will coordinate with Santa Claus and Grace UMC in the delivery of gifts.
According to Chief Calloway, 14 of the department’s 15 members are on board as of the Oct. 2 council meeting. It might end up being the entire force, which includes one female member who has offered to participate. "She said she would help the cause,” Chief Calloway said.
The focus of this initiative is to not only raise money to purchase gifts for needy families during the holiday season, but also display the human, compassionate side of the department.
Last year’s initial no-shave event was an overwhelming success. It far exceeded the initial $600 police force contribution.
"We didn’t raise $600. We raised $3,200 and a lot of that was from donations from community members and businesses,” said Chief Calloway. "With that overwhelming support I would be remiss to not ask for council’s support of doing this again. One of the officers came to me and wanted to step up the game for our officers, not just giving $20 a month. It would be $20 for October, $40 for November and $60 for December.”
Millsboro Town Manager Sheldon Hudson has pledged to participate, adding with a chuckle his face is the "only place I can grow hair.”
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