‘No Shave November’ raises nearly $9K for Children’s Hospital

Danica Mills clips the curls of Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher’s iconic mustache Tuesday. (Photo by Craig Howell)

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County law enforcement officials have raised close to $9,000 to benefit youth dealing with illnesses, injuries and more, all as part of this year’s “No Shave November” fundraiser.

Officers from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Chester Police Department, New Cumberland Police Department and Weirton Police Department participated this year; the fourth for the local effort.

“All of the departments within the county decided not to shave,” Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher explained, noting each officer who participated donated $100 in addition to encouraging others to donate.

Proceeds were presented Tuesday to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Donations came from throughout the county, with officials noting Allison Elementary collected $1,500, and the Chester Volunteer Fire Department also made a donation. The goal for the year had been $7,000.

One of the donors, local youth Danica Mills, was invited to take part in Tuesday’s donation for a special purpose.

Fletcher had pledged to personally raise a minimum of $1,000, with the person giving him the biggest donation receiving an opportunity to clip off the curls of his iconic mustache.

“She went door-to-door, and she raised just about $600,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher said he has had the mustache since 1977.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jack Wood also has been participating in the effort, pledging to have his hair cut and donated to Wigs for Kids. Wood will continue to collect donations through Dec. 16, at which time his hair will be cut at a salon.

Online contributions may be made at www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/get-a-haircut-children-s-hospital. As of Tuesday afternoon, $500 had been collected.

Amy Rayman, associate director of corporate and community giving for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, expressed her appreciation for the contribution, saying while many think of the treatments for illnesses, Children’s Hospital provides many other services and programs. Donations such as this make certain those programs are possible.

“They get the bridge between what has to happen and what can happen,” she said.

Fletcher said, even though the effort is something as simple as not shaving, it is satisfying to know they are able to help someone.