WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Mingo County Sheriff James Smith would like to issue a challenge to all law enforcement agencies across the state of West Virginia.
The challenge is for law enforcement officers to put down their razors from November 1st through November 30th and participate in “No-Shave November.”
This is the Mingo County Sheriff Department (MCSD) second year participating in this fundraising event.
The MCSD decided to participate last year after a couple of the deputies approached the Sheriff with the idea.
According to MCSD Deputy Norman Mines last year the Sheriff’s Department presented a check for $325 to the American Cancer Society in Charleston on behalf of their department.
Sheriff Smith asks for each officer to donate $20 to their local American Cancer Society.
Each police department across the state would keep track of how many officers participated in the fundraiser and how much was donated by that department.
Smith said he would like for the departments that accept his challenge to let him know how many officers participated and how much their department donated to their local American Cancer Society.
Sheriff Smith said, “My papaw and uncle passed away with prostate cancer and this is a cause near to me, I am sure everyone knows someone affected by cancer in some way.”
Although the MCSD originally wanted to raise money specifically for prostate cancer patients in the Mingo County area, donations to the American Cancer Society cannot be used for a specific cause.
Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith said, “Although this is not typical and it is not protocol for law enforcement officers to have a beard, it is something positive to do.”
“We are here to help the people and do what we can for the community,” said Sheriff Smith.
According to the no-shave.org website “The goal of ‘No-Shave November’ is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.”
With approximately 3,600 law enforcement officers in a city, county and state capacity across W.Va., if each officer accepted Smith’s challenge the American Cancer Society has the potential to receive approximately $72,000.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.