YORKTOWN, N.Y.--From the chief of police to the maintenance staff, just about everyone in the Yorktown Police Department is sporting a beard this month. Even the women are getting in on the fun, with casual clothing days on Mondays and Fridays.

The best part about No-Shave November, said Chief Robert Noble, is it’s all for a good cause. Police department employees have so far contributed $3,400 into a fund that will be donated evenly to two local families with young children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses, Noble said.

“That we were able to include our civilian personnel made this a total team effort, and made it a bit more special to do,” Noble said.

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Noble said one little girl has another round of chemotherapy next week and one little boy needs to be out of state to receive the specialized physical therapy his condition requires.

“Any cop will tell you there is no better feeling than helping someone in need,” Noble said. “I’m proud of all of the employees here who donated, and we are grateful that we could play a small part in supporting our two local families in their time of need.”