No Shave November nets funds for Wings 2 Peace
The Whitehall Police Department presented a check for $2,350 to the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Wings 2 Peace fund at a brief presentation Dec. 15.
The fundraiser started as a quirky No Shave November promotion within the department but gained enough steam to extend through the end of December.
Participating department employees contributed $50 to the fund at the beginning of November. Male officers were then allowed to grow facial hair, female officers were allowed to add colored streaks to their hair and the civilian staff was allowed to wear jeans.
At the end of November, the department had raised almost $1,500. Police Chief Michael Marks elected to extend the promotion another month for officers and staff who doubled their contribution.
“Hopefully, it helps to brighten, even just a little, the Christmas of a family that is going through a horrible time,” Marks said.
Created by Janie Holben and Susan Christine in 2014, the Wings 2 Peace fund was established to aid families of children receiving treatment through pediatric hospice and oncology care at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Holben is a former teacher in the Whitehall-Coplay School District.
The money raised by the Whitehall Police Department came from contributions by officers, support staff and individuals from the township administration.
For more information on the Wings 2 Peace fund, contact the LVHN’s philanthropy office at lvhn.org/ donate or 484-884-8731.