Millsboro police work getting hairy for charity

Date Published: 
Nov. 10, 2017

Coastal Point • Submitted Millsboro: Police Department’s Cpl. David Moyer,  Ptlm. Michael Gorman, Cpl. Jonathan Zubrowski and Cpl. Patrick Forester sport some facial hair during last year’s Whiskers for Wishes event, raising money for Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro.Coastal Point • Submitted Millsboro: Police Department’s Cpl. David Moyer, Ptlm. Michael Gorman, Cpl. Jonathan Zubrowski and Cpl. Patrick Forester sport some facial hair during last year’s Whiskers for Wishes event, raising money for Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro.The Millsboro Police Department is loosening its “grooming standards.” But don’t worry — it’s for a good cause.

Thanks to an official waiving of the Millsboro Police Department’s grooming standards by the Millsboro Town Council, male police officers will be permitted to grow facial hair between now and Dec. 13. There’s a catch, though.

“In order for officers to do this, they have to pay money,” Police Chief Brian Calloway said.

Specifically, the officers will pay $120 total for the right to grow beards and mustaches through December — $20 for October, $40 for November and $60 for December.

Calloway said most of the men in his 15-member department are participating in the big beard project. The female members of the department may not be able to grow beards, but they contribute in other ways, he said.

In addition to the funds raised by the police officers taking advantage of the waiver, community members can contribute to the effort, with all money raised going toward Christmas gifts for needy families in the area. Last year was the first year the department participated, Calloway said, and by the end of the project, Whiskers for Wishes had raised a total of $3,200, which benefited five area families.

All money raised will be donated to Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro and will be used to purchase gifts for needy families. The church will purchase and wrap the presents, and the Millsboro Police Department will escort Santa Claus to deliver the gifts to the families.

To contribute to Whiskers for Wishes, go to https://www.gofundme.com/xp43nj-whiskers-for-wishes or call the police department’s non-emergency number at (302) 934-8174.