There’s a new look taking over the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office this month. Male members of the department are giving up the clean-shaven norm for some facial hair for a good cause.
Personnel in the sheriff’s department can pay $50 ($25 per month) for the opportunity to avoid the razor for the months of November and December, with the money going toward the department’s participation in Mission Gate Prison Ministries Christmas Angel Program.
Representatives from the Christmas Angel program contact Crawford County schools to identify children in need. Those children and their families are invited to a special event in December where they are given gifts to open for Christmas. Sheriff’s department personnel attend the event, too.
The CCSO has assisted in providing gifts for the program for several years. This year, Brad Dicus and Deputy Roy Bell are leading the effort to collect monetary donations to purchase and wrap gifts for the event.
The two have begun visiting businesses within the county, seeking donations, and have been impressed with the response. “There are a lot of generous people in the county,” Dicus said. While they hope to make it to as many businesses as possible, they hope anyone who’d like to donate to the program will contact them.
Dicus also related the story of a woman they met while asking for donations. She had been helped by Mission Gate ministries at a time when she was in need and was grateful for the opportunity to give back now.
This year, the sheriff’s department will focus their gifts on older children. While the Christmas Angel program provides gifts to children from birth to age 17, the CCSO noticed last year that most of the gifts were intended for younger children and decided to concentrate on providing items for older kids.
The fundraising goal to provide gifts for this year is December 1, but any additional funds can either be utilized for last minute needs or rollover for next year.
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