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Bethlehem Township police to grow hair for those who can't

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 30 2013 09:09:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2013 05:38:31 AM CDT

Some can only grow peach fuzz.

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

Some can only grow peach fuzz.

"It doesn't grow in very nice, and it grows in very red," shared Bethlehem Township Police Department Patrolman Shaun Powell.

While others are full blown mountain men.

"I think it should be pretty good," added Patrolman Jarod Knouss. "Should look pretty awesome."

Their faces may be as smooth as a baby's bottom right now, but come Friday, the officers at the Bethlehem Township Police Department will ditch their razors for the entire month of November.

"The idea is called No Shave November, or Noshember as we're calling it," smiled Powell.

They're growing hair for those who can't. In this case, it's children with cancer. Every penny raised will be given to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Every officer going scruffy for charity is donating $30 to the cause. They'll chip in $20 more if they shave or trim, and $10 if they're voted the winner of a category at the end of the 30 days.

"Who has the grayest beard, who has the patchiest beard, who has the fullest beard," explained Powell.

They're hoping to have fun with it, and fully expect folks who see them patrolling to ask questions.

"I'm assuming that people are going to want to know what's going on with my beard," laughed Knouss.

"Making a traffic stop and see the kind of reaction, or dealing with people, they're going to be like what's going on with your beard," said Patrolman William Stanton.

They have fliers ready to go explaining how their rough faces are helping to shave down childhood cancer.

"It's going to be fun," Stanton said. "I think it's going to be interesting."

The department is hoping to raise at least $1,000, and you can help! Click HERE for more information.