Warren County Sheriff’s Department went warm and fuzzy for a good cause.
Law enforcement officers were allowed to stop shaving for No-Shave November if they donated $20 to Kids of the Community. The effort netted $750.
“I’m very, very proud of my guys,” said Sheriff Tommy Myers. “They’ve been wanting to participate in No-Shave November for years and donate the funds to a local nonprofit, but they weren’t allowed to. When they asked me, I thought it was a good idea.”
While some jumped at the chance to grow facial hair, others wanted to help Kids of the Community.
“Kids of the Community was selected because its focus is helping children,” said Myers. “We wanted to show our gratitude for everything they do. Some didn’t participate, but they donated $20 anyway. I donated $20 but continued to shave. I didn’t’ want to look like Santa Claus. My beard is white.”
Kids of the Community director Barry Dishman returned the compliment.
“We’re proud of everything they do,” said Dishman. “One of the objectives of this program is to see our children run to these guys and not run away from them. I think that’s helped with having SROs in schools. We want the children to have positive interactions with law enforcement. Having them here today helps with that.”
Kids of the Community is in its 20th year.
“Donations like these are very important,” said Dishman. “Nonprofits are starving and everybody thinks we are just flushed with money. All we do is try to raise money, but we’re always behind. I’ve stood at Walmart all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday trying to raise enough money to buy these kids school supplies and didn’t make this much money. We’re so dependent on what people give us. We are grateful for this donation. It truly means a lot to us.”
Myers added, “We’re glad to help.”
For more information about how you can help, Kids of the Community can be reached at 668-5437.