Grow those Beards! Snoqualmie Police Chief relaxes facial hair rules for officers’ holiday fundraiser to help local family

Officers from Snoqualmie Police Department are lending a helping hand to a local family in need during the department’s first No Shave November fundraiser. On Saturday, December 15th, the funds collected by officers will be presented to their adopted family, Jordan and Billy,  a single mom and her 4-year-old son who have struggled with homelessness.

Jordan recently authored a heartfelt letter to the Snoqualmie Valley police officers and firefighters who have helped her and Billy while they lived in their car for the past two years. The family only recently found permanent housing and are excited to celebrate Christmas in their new home this year.

Officer Brady Lanham, who works in North Bend, said he came up with the No Shave November fundraiser to assist families in need, especially during the holidays. He said he wanted to do something out of the norm that would be fun for the officers.

Officers normally have to adhere to strict grooming standards, which include limitations on facial hair, but SPD Chief Phipps temporarily relaxed the facial hair standard for the community service project. Each officer who participated in the event donated $50 for the adopted family. As of December 5th, the officers had raised $850.

“We received astonishing support from our staff,” Chief Perry Phipps said. “We wanted to help this special family in their time of need and ensure that they have a great holiday season.”

The Snoqualmie Police Association is collecting the funds or gifts through Friday, December 14th and is inviting community members to donate, if so desired.

Wish List:

For Son: Thomas The Train toys, Hot Wheels, Ninja Turtle toys, Magna-Tiles, Puzzles, size 5/6 (small) boy clothes, and size 11/12 shoes (likes Velcro).

For Mom: size 10 slippers, steering wheel cover, Fire TV Stick 4K, gift cards to grocery stores and Starbucks gift cards.

To donate or for more information, please contact Deanna Mihelich at dmihelich@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us or 425-888-3333.

 

SPD Officers who participated in the No Shave November fundraiser for a local family.

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