Lane County Sheriff’s Office stops shaving to support children’s nonprofit

Sheriff Cliff Harrold said the department is raising money for Kids FIRST in Lane County

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 11:20 AM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 10:32 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – No-Shave November is starting in October for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. The law enforcement agency is joining the likes of the Eugene Police Department and many other agencies across the country in participating in No-Shave November to help raise money for charity.

Sheriff Cliff Harrold said the department is raising money for Kids FIRST in Lane County. Kids FIRST is a nonprofit that bills itself as part of the first response team supporting children who are victims or witnesses to crime. The charity provides advocacy, forensic interviews and even medical exams for children.

Harrold said each person who participates has donated $100 to the charity. So far, more than 100 staff members have signed up, and $10,500 has already been raised.

“The response has been fantastic. We have over 105 employees participating. And we only have roughly 300 employees in the office. So, we’re better than a third,” Harrold said.

The department extended the traditionally one-month event into three months.

“Razors have to be ready to go on Jan. 1,” Harrold said. “We’ll go back to our standard clean-shaven look.”

For those not letting their facial hair grow unkempt -- namely women -- there’s another option. The department is allowing them to wear jeans around the office.

“We’ve had a lot of fun. I’m really, really pleased with the way that the staff in the office have jumped at the opportunity,” Harrold said.

 You can read more and donate to Kids FIRST here

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