The Newton Police Department added a new twist on their No-Shave November fundraising by donating to the Project Self-Sufficiency Season of Hope toy drive. Calling it Double Down December, every officer who contributed an extra dollar a day throughout November will be able to keep his facial fluff until the new year. The result was a $450 check, presented by the department to Project Self-Sufficiency Executive Director Deborah Berry-Toon on Saturday, Nov 30.
“We appreciate the support of the police department year-round, but this will really help right now," Berry-Toon said.
Berry-Toon said that donations of cash are especially helpful as the agency gears up for its annual ‘toy shop’ for families in need.
“Once we have everyone registered, we can use cash donations to fill in the gaps with certain age groups,” she said. “And every little bit helps this year.”
According to Berry-Toon, the non-profit is in a 15,000 toy deficit this year, due to the cutoff of a previous supplier.
“We are collecting toys and monetary donations through the 18th," she said.
Newton Chief Mike Richards said his force answered the call for no-shave, which in addition to the donation to PSS also raised money for cancer research.
“I’m proud of them,” Richards said, “And I know they’ll all keep this going after I’m gone. It makes me happy to know that.”
Richards retires from 30 years with the department in mid-December.
Newton PD Officer Ed Sperling said it was no surprise that his colleagues are raising the extra money.
“It really takes a community to take care of each other,” Sperling said. “And we’re proud to be part of this community and do what we can to help.”
Those interested in donating to the Project Self-Sufficiency Toy Drive can do so by visiting www.projectselfsufficiency.org and clicking on the Season of Hope photo on the home page.