PORTLAND, Ore – Many Portland police officers are growing mustaches and beards for “No Shave November."
Their goal is to raise money in honor of a police officer’s daughter, a little girl named Josephine, who is living with cystic fibrosis.
Money raised will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Sgt. Aaron Schmautz says this is the second year that the entire police bureau is participating in "No Shave November." He says they choose causes to raise money for those that might not get as much support, and they choose causes close to their hearts.
Last year, members of police bureau unions and other organizations raised more than $10,000 in memory of Sam Day, son of Capt. Bob Day, and sent the funds to the Rutledge Foundation.
This year they have a goal of $20,000 to donate in honor of Josephine.
“Josephine has gotten a lot of new treatments thanks to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, so it’s an excellent charity,” said Schmautz. “She’s a sweet little girl, the only difference for her is she has to take a handful of pills every day, and she has to go though a lot of treatments.”
As for community reaction to officers growing beards?
“Members of the community, I think, like it and jump on board," said Sgt Schmautz. "No Shave November is something that is popular in a lot of places for, different reasons, but it is interesting to see, we all look like a bunch of mountain men!”
Visit https://no-shave.org for more information about No Shave November. Visit HERE to make a donation or learn more about why finding a cure for CF is so important to members of the Police Bureau.