Albertville Police participate in no-shave November, donate to a cause that hits home

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  Some of the officers from the Albertville Police Department are looking a little different these days, and it's to benefit a good cause -- one that hits home for some of them.

"My guys have been asking me to do it for the past three years; three and a half years exactly," Albertville Police Chief Doug Pollard says.

His answer to that questions has always been no. "The reason it was so hard is because I'm really particular about dress code," Chief Pollard explains.

A clean-shaven face is part of that, so the department's participation in 'no-shave November' isn't exactly an option.

This year though, it is. "All of these guys are so excited about doing this," Chief Pollard says.

Excited, because in order to ditch the razors this month, there's a stipulation that hits home.

"Unfortunately, the situation I just went through with my mother passing and being taken to Shepherd's Cove, I agreed to do it if we raised money to support Shepherd's Cove and Hospice," Chief Pollard said.

Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove supported Chief Pollard's family through that hard time. "I felt like I was at home," Pollard says, "I mean, they treated us just like we were at home."

So to participate in no-shave November the officers are donating some money out of their paychecks each week and also have to raise $60. "That 60 bucks is strictly just for Shepherd's Cove," Chief Pollard says.

It's a donation that hits home. "There's a personal connection with not only the chief, but with other members of the police department," Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove Community Relations Director Susan Sanders says, "With that personal experience comes an understanding of how important it is that we receive community support in continuing our business of ministry."

Sanders says they're thankful for the Albertville Police Department, not only for the work the officers do each day, but for taking the initiative to support the non-profit agency.

"I couldn't find a better organization to support than this one," Chief Pollard says.

So far the department has raised nearly $400 for Hospice of Marshall County Shepherd's Cove.

The Guntersville Police Department is also participating and raising money as well.