Officers grow beards to raise money for charity.

October 2, 2018

Some of the Oceana County sheriff’s deputies who participated in last year’s “No Shave November” include John Kessler, Mark Hiddema, Lance Veldekamp, Cam Hanson, Jeremy Swihart, Joel Dickman and Al Wittkamp.

Officers grow beards to raise money for charity.



By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – If you’ve noticed that some of our local police officers are looking a little scruffy, it’s because they’re participating in “No Shave November” to raise money for a local charity.

Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast has challenged his deputies and officers to quit shaving through the month of November. Those in “violation” of the department’s clean shaven policy have to pay a fee of $75 for “violating” the policy. All funds raised will go to the Crystal Valley Care Fund.

Members of the community can sponsor an officer and pay the violation fee. They can also “bump up” the fee by donating more, he said.

The sheriff’s office chose CVCF because the organization “has a special place in our hearts,” Mast said. “They’ve helped a lot of people in the community, including some of our own.”

OCSO raised $1,200 last year that also went to the Crystal Valley Care Fund. CVCF, established in 1992, is a non-profit organization that helps Oceana County families in need due to a house fire or catastrophic illness.

The “No Shave November” challenge is strictly voluntary, said the sheriff who is also taking part by not shaving. The participating officers just began growing beards. “We have a few whiskers started,” he said.

Those who are interested in donating to the cause may contact the sheriff’s office at 231-873-2121.

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