Reading Police Department’s No Shave November Effort Raises $2,600 for Home Base

Officer Matt Orr (left), Sgt. Matt Edson, Officer Andrew Kirwan and Sgt. Chris Jones were among the Reading Police officers who participated in the department’s No Shave November program. (Courtesy Photo)

READING — Chief Mark D. Segalla is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department has donated $2,600 to Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program dedicated to helping veterans and their families, through its No Shave November program.

Each of the 23 participating officers pledged $100 to Home Base in exchange for month-long waiver from the department policy restricting facial hair growth. Five residents also made donations.

Home Base is dedicated to helping post Sept. 11 service members, veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, have a traumatic brain injury, or other related conditions.

“I’m proud of our officers for continuing to support this incredible cause,” Chief Segalla said. “Home Base provides essential services to veterans and we’re honored to continue to help fulfill its mission.”

To learn more about Home Base, or to make a donation, visit

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