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Smithville police observe "No Shave November"
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Shown kicking off No Shave November are, front row, from left, Marlene Delong, Ivadell Randolph, Mayor Jimmy Poss, Jackie Cantrell. Shown back row, from left, are Captain Steven Leffew, Alderman Jason Murphy, Lieutenant Detective Matt Holmes, Alderman Shawn Jacobs, Detective Brandon Donnell, and Sergeant Brad Tatrow.

Members of the Smithville Police Department are taking part in "No shave November" to raise money to be split between Cops for Kids and the American Cancer Society.


Cops for Kids will allow the department to help families needing assistance during Christmas, and officers will also be able to show their support in the fight against cancer. No-Shave November is a unique way to raise overall cancer awareness and raise funds for the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission.


The goal of No-Shave November is to increase cancer awareness by embracing hair, which many cancer patients lose. As the participant lets their hair grow, family and friends are encouraged to join the campaign, they become educated about cancer prevention, saving lives, and helping those fighting cancer.


"You will soon see some Smithville police officers that could use a shave, but it's for a good cause," said Smithville Police Captain Steven Leffew. "Several surrounding law enforcement agencies participate in No shave November. Many of our officers are very enthusiastic to partake in the fundraiser, so we decided to participate as a group. I'm very proud to work beside such caring people."


Jackie Cantrell of the Gentleman's Barber has graciously donated a free hot shave to the best beard.


For more information on how the public can participate, go to Help spread the word and do your part by choosing to "Like" No-Shave November on Facebook and Twitter, then share the posts with your personal and professional networks. Please join the Smithville Police Department and consider inviting your own network of friends, family, and associates to participate in 2015.