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HCSO 'No Shave November' raises money for local youth

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. - Thanks to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, beards and blue hair helped spread holiday cheer this year to local children in need. Thursday, Nov. 30 brought an end to 'No Shave November' at the HCSO. Throughout the month of November, deputies and staff were given the chance to opt out of dress code and instead make a $30 donation to Humboldt CASA or the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods. Those who donated had to grow out their beard or dye their hair blue.

On Thursday, the sheriff's office hosted a beard and blue hair judging competition for those who participated. Executive members of Humboldt CASA and the Boys and Girls Club, along with local children, were in attendance to accept donations.

In total, the HCSO donated $1,335 to CASA and $1,260 to the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods.

"The kids were excited," Monica Rose, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club said. "It's something the don't usually experience. It's important for kids to see law enforcement as on their side and for them."

Rose said the donation from the sheriff's office will go toward providing gifts and meals to children and teens during the holidays.

"About 80 percent of our kids won't get gifts for Christmas at home," Rose said. "With this donation and one another, all of those kids will be able to get gifts."

For Humboldt CASA, the donation will help fund advocate training. CASA advocates are volunteers who help ensure that foster children are placed in safe and nurturing homes, provide fun experiences for kids and follow up with them as mentors. '"No Shave November" is just one of several programs the sheriff's office participates in throughout the year to support the community," Sheriff William Honsal said.

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