PATERSON, NJ- Since October dozens of members of the Paterson Police Department have added a new accessory to their dress blues and on-duty uniforms, facial hair. And while it would be easy to think that the decision to do so has something to do with the early onslaught of winter temperatures we’re experiencing, the reality is their doing it for a much more noble reason: children.

More specifically, participants in the effort each donated $200, raising a total of $21,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, to break from the usual protocol of being clean-shaven while on the job.

Led by Detective David D’Arco, himself diagnosed with cancer in his eye in 2012, the recipients of the funding were picked because “everyone agrees on helping children.”

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Telling TAPinto Paterson the amount raised almost triple last year’s haul D’Arco continued to say that he and his colleagues will continue to give “out of the goodness of our hearts,” for the simple reason, “we have to find a cure.”

On hand to receive the donation were Fatima  Hamed, volunteer coordinator, and Nick Isidori, development representative, both of St. Jude’s.

Because, they said, the hospital, located in Nashville, Tennessee, never charges patients, fundraisers like this one are critical to their efforts to make sure that families of young cancer patients only have to worry about one thing: making sure their children get better.

The police officers “work hard all day,” Isidori said. For them to take from their personal time, and dig into their pockets, to support St. Jude’s, which also included participating in a 5K earlier this year, “is truly remarkable.”


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