You may have noticed Xenia Police Division officers sporting facial hair for the past several months. For the fifth year, Xenia Police Division participated in Beards for Badges which typically coincides with 'No Shave November,' a campaign to raise awareness about cancer.
XPD decided to put its own spin on the awareness campaign and turned it into a fundraiser for local families. Those who wished to participate donated $40, which was put into a fund to buy Christmas presents for local families. Between November and December, the Division raised $2,375 and with that money, they adopted five Xenia families and provided the children with Christmas gifts.
While the holiday season has come and gone, the officers' beards remain. It was decided that the campaign could be extended through February for another donation. This time around the Division raised $1,140 which was donated to the Xenia Area FISH Food Pantry. The pantry serves hundreds of families throughout Greene County who are in need of nutritious meals.
Sworn officers, dispatch and civilian staff participated in the campaign.