Money doesn’t grow on trees, but some Ardmore police officers will be growing beards to raise funds for five area nonprofits.
For the first time ever, Ardmore officers will be permitted to grow facial hair other than a moustache — and they plan to use their allotted time to do so for a good cause.
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 108 in Ardmore is gearing up to participate in No Shave November despite a departmental policy that says APD officers may only wear a moustache. Officers will be permitted to grow the (well-groomed) facial hair of their choice, as long as they are participating in the fundraising efforts.
Those who choose to leave their razors behind for the five week period from Oct. 29 through Nov. 30 must pay a minimum of $25 weekly — those that don’t pay will be provided with shaving supplies at the station.
“We will be cutting checks for each charity at the end of every week,” said FOP 108 President Matt Miller. “The department is working with us on this. We have five full weeks, so we chose five charities: Sara’s Project, The Grace Center, The Children’s Shelter, The Family Shelter and The Soup Kitchen.”
Miller said the minimum donation per officer is just that — a minimum. “Officers can be sponsored by members of the community, or we can accept other donations. There is no limit,” Miller said.
FOP 108 Vice President Landon Gary said there is also no limit on the beard length, though the department does require participants to keep things tidy. “We’ll probably do a contest at the end for best and worst beard,” Gary said. “We have 53 officers right now. We won’t know until next week how many will participate.”
“We are doing this to raise extra money for the non-profits,” Miller said. “But also because we want to grow beards.”
Those interested in donating can contact any participating officer or reach out to FOP 108 leadership by calling Miller at (580) 221-2569 or Gary at (580) 221-2515.