TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - For the Tupelo Police Department, No-Shave November's meaning goes beyond beards and mustaches.
This year, they decided to participate in the trend and raise money for one of their own.
No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants stop shaving and grooming.
The official website for the trend says this is to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.
Tupelo Police put a hold on their "no beards" rule to raise awareness and help out a retired officer.
"We just came up with this idea to do a No-Shave November to raise money for Officer [Ken] Hawes," Det. Kevin Parker Jr. said. "He's a retired officer whose diagnosed with ALS, and we figured it'd be a good way to raise money for him and help his family in a time of need."
Parker helped lead the month-long fundraiser. On Tuesday, participating officers revealed their final product.
Officers stood in front of a panel of judges, who inspected the growth of their facial hair. Judges then voted. In the end, there were three winners.
Overall, the Police Department raised more than $6,000.
Parker said Police talked with businesses for donations and each officer paid $40 apiece to participate
At the event, representatives from Barnes Crossing Auto presented officers with a check.
"I never would have thought that we could raise this much money," Parker said. "It's great, and I just want to thank the mayor, the chief, the command staff and the rest of the department for allowing us to participate."
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