Hamburg Borough Police let their beards grow for No Shave November in an effort to help make the holiday a little brighter for local families in need.
“The officers wanted to participate in a program of giving back to the community so they figured No Shave November was a perfect opportunity to do that,” said Hamburg Borough Police Chief Anthony Kuklinski.
The Hamburg Borough Police Association requested permission from Chief Kuklinski and Hamburg Mayor George Holmes that Hamburg Police participate in No Shave November to raise funds for people in need. Normally, a Police Department policy requires officers be clean shaven while on duty and mustaches must be trim.
“I think it went great. I think the guys had fun doing it,” said Kuklinski. “I like that it gives back to our community and shows that our policemen are part of the Hamburg community.”
Kuklinski was pleased to report that 7 of the 10 officers participated and the department raised more than $1,000 which the Chief said is pretty significant. The department is still collecting donation jars and counting change so this is an estimate.
“This was the first time. We had no idea of what to expect. It was late in the game, late October when they came to me, so they had one week getting it together so there was no goal set and they were quite surprised with the benevolence that people showed the program,” said Kuklinski.
Hamburg Police will be participating in the Freedom Toyota of Hamburg Event on Dec. 2, presenting them with a $200 donation to their event. During the event, Freedom Toyota will give people in need food and clothing donations.
The Police Department also reached out locally to find families that may need some help this holiday. Officers will be participating in a shopping spree for those families identified until the remainder of the money has been used. Hamburg High School students will Shop with a Cop at Hamburg Wal-Mart to purchase items for a Hamburg family.
“We wanted to help a local family also,” said Hamburg Borough Police Officer Ryan Brobst, secretary. “See what we can do to make their Christmas a little better.”
Brobst was among the Hamburg officers to participate, putting his razor away for the month of November. He believes this is a good way of showing the general public that the police do more than just enforce the law and go out and write tickets.
“We are here to support the community and show them that it’s through them that we are more able to do our job in every aspect whether actual enforcement of the law or community service like this. We have to work together with each other. I think it really helps establish that rapport.”
Brobst said the reaction from the community for No Shave November has been great. Many have been helping the department and expressing interest in the fundraiser, as well as making suggestions for a local charity to contribute funds. Collection jars were put at local business also.
“Everybody was very supportive and thought it was a great idea,” said Brobst. “We saw a lot of other departments doing it and thought we should do that.”
“I just want to thank everybody who participated and supported our officers,” said Kuklinski.
Kuklinski also wants to recognize the community businesses who participated and/or donated including, but not limited to, State Street Notary, 1787 Brewery, Rutter’s, WaWa, Hecky’s Sandwich Shop, private contributor of $200, and Schuylkill Excavation donated $500.
“The President of the Police Association has the full list. There will be more to follow and we are going to recognize all of those individuals that have donated and helped us with this,” said Kuklinski.
Make donations to Hamburg Borough Police Association, 61 N. 3rd Street, Hamburg, Pa 19526 or via the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/hamburg-police-quotno-shave-novemberquot?member=1134096.