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Tunkhannock Township Patrolman Steve Williams shows off his facial hair as part of the No-Shave November campaign.

The Tunkhannock Township Police Department is letting it grow out this month, all for a good cause. The department is taking part in the annual No-Shave November campaign to raise money for cancer awareness.

No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education. The goal is to grow out your hair and facial hair, which many cancer patients lose. The money that would be saved on shaving and grooming would then be donated to a cancer organization of your choice.

Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Ed Moristell said that he saw other police departments around the area participating in the campaign and thought that it would be a great idea to give back in a noticeable way.

“I had seen on Facebook that a lot of the police departments from Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties were taking part,” Moristell said. “I thought it would be something really fun to do that would raise money for a great cause.”

To get involved in the campaign, Moristell said that each officer who wanted to participate would have to donate $50 to the No-Shave November campaign, as the Tunkhannock Township Police code says that the officers are not allowed to have facial hair. Six officers are currently participating, and are allowed to have some facial stubble just for this month.

“The department changed the facial hair policy just for this month,” Moristell said. “After having to shave pretty much every day for work, it feels good to just let some stubble grow out. It feels even better when you know that you’re bringing awareness to a terrible disease.”

The department set a fundraising goal of $500, so far it has raised $410 for No-Shave November and hopes to eclipse that $500 goal with a little less than half of the month of November left.

“I’ve recently read that a high percentage of cancers are detectable early, especially in males, and by raising money for early prevention, we can help save a lot of people,” Moristell said. “By growing out our facial hair, we think that it can do a great job of getting the community talking because they’re not used to seeing us with facial hair. When they ask about it, it spreads awareness, which is what we’re looking for.”

If anyone would like to donate to the Tunkhannock Township Police Department’s No-Shave November campaign, you can go to www.no-shave.org, click on the donate button in the top right corner of the screen, and search for Tunkhannock Township. You can also find the link to donate on the department’s Facebook page, Tunkhannock Township Police.

“Every dollar raised is one step closer to finding a cure for cancer,” Moristell said. “When we make a donation, we are also honoring someone who lost their lives because of cancer, or someone who is currently fighting the disease. We might make a small difference, but together we can turn it into a big difference.”

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