They go unshaven for a good cause

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Again this year, Washington County Sheriff?s deputies and jail personnel will sport facial hair throughout the month to aid the Washington County Hospice as part of No-Shave November.

As the department enters the fourth year of the event, Deputy Nolan Burke, who is in charge of the event, said over the previous four years the sheriff?s office had held the event, over $8,000 has been raised to benefit the Hospice. Burke said a friend of his with the Johnson County Sheriff?s office had told him of a similar benefit being held in Johnson County. He liked the idea, saying it was a way for deputies to have some fun and give back to the community.

?It is a fundraiser we do where we collect donations to the local Hospice,? Burke said. ?Our office has a policy of no facial hair other than a well-groomed moustache and in the month of November, our boss lets us violate that policy for one month and one month only. We are allowed to grow full beards. In return we raise money for the local Hospice.?

Burke hopes the deputies can break the $2,000 mark again this year. He said that has been about the amount raised each year.

The Hospice provides end-of-life services, which help people spend the last time of their lives at home with their families, he said.

Burke said most people in Washington County at least know someone whose family has had to use Hospice services.

In order to donate to the Hospice, people can give donations to deputies with facial hair or drop them off at the sheriff?s office. Checks can be made out to Hospice of Washington County.