Chief Mark D. Segalla is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, members of the Reading Police Department will be growing out their facial hair in support of No-Shave November
Throughout the month, Reading police officers will be permitted to grow beards and goatees in exchange for donating to Home Base, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that works to help service members, veterans and their families heal from invisible wounds — like traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder — regardless of their financial means or discharge status.
Home Base reported that 500 first responders across 21 cities in Massachusetts raised more than $50,000 through last year’s No-Shave November campaign.
Last November, the Reading Police raised $2,525 for Home Base.
“This is something our entire department has been looking forward to supporting once again,” Chief Segalla said. “Growing our beards for a month is a fun and visible way for us to raise awareness and give back to the men and women who have made so many sacrifices in defense of our freedom.”
Reading residents who would like to support Home Base can do so by making a donation at homebase.org.