WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) - Many have embraced the annual challenge of No Shave November, which challenges men to forgo shaving for the month to raise cancer awareness.
Members of the Warren Police Department are staying scruffy this month for another special cause, to raise money for the father of one of their officers.
The father is unable to work because of a recent heart surgery, and has mounting medical bills.
So far, 112 officers are taking part in the fundraiser by not shaving.
"We're experts at solving the world's problems and taking care of everybody else in society, but once in a while we've got to take care of our own. It's just an opportunity to get together, stand up and do something that's a little different," says Dep. Comm. Matt Nichols.
He adds the department otherwise requires men to either be clean-shaven or only have a mustache.
"This is just a little deviation that helps someone in the organization," he says. So far, they've raised more than $5,600.
At the end of the month the department will give out some awards, too, like Best Santa Claus and Best Try, "for the young guys," Nichols says with a smile.