WESTFIELD, NJ — Following a successful “No Shave November” in which local police officers donated funds to aid disabled veterans and their families in exchange for being permitted to grow out their facial hair, the police are doing it again, this time as a benefit for sick children.

The Westfield Police Department is allowing officers to continue growing their facial hair for another month in exchange for donating funds to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Long Term Care Unit in Mountainside. While it is the third year that Westfield Police have participated in “No Shave November,” it is the first they are doubling down on the efforts.

“Our officers really enjoy participating in ‘No-Shave November,’ said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro. “They look forward to it every year, because it’s fun, and because there’s a charitable component to it.”

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This year’s November effort raised $1,486 dollars for Camp Freedom, a year-round adventure camp for disabled veterans, first responders and their families, according to the department’s GoFundMe page, established by Westfield PBA Local 90 President Paul Ferry.

The December effort has as its goal to donate at least $1,000, and the department is asking for the public’s help to reach it.

“We hope you can help us reach our goal as donations to this cause are open to anyone,” the GoFundMe page says. “Feel free to donate to our team and help.”

Battiloro said the department has had a busy year, with officers putting themselves in harm's way, and he is allowing officers to double down as a reward for their efforts.

“I am allowing them to ‘double down’ in December this year, in part because it’s for charity, and in part as a reward for their exceptional efforts and service,” he said.

Click here to view the GoFundMe page and donate to the cause.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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