Local officers put down their razors for one month in support of child abuse victims.
During the month of November, members of law enforcement and others across the state supported the Children's Advocacy Center at CAMC Women and Children's Hospital by participating in the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network's annual "No Shave for the Brave" fundraiser.
While anyone can participate, the event is designed to recognize the role of law enforcement in the protection and investigation of child abuse. The fundraiser invites participants to not shave for the entire month of November to raise awareness about the devastating toll of child abuse in our communities. Participants paid a fee to participate and friends and family were invited to donate money to show their support. All proceeds benefit children's advocacy centers across the state.
The Children's Advocacy Center formed a team with local law enforcement agencies including the Kanawha County Sheriff's office, the Charleston and South Charleston Police departments and the Ravenswood Police Department. Their efforts raised more than $4,000 from more than 150 donors. The CAC is a child-friendly facility with staff who work to provide children and families professional, compassionate care to reduce the trauma often experienced by children who are victims of abuse. The center serves clients in Kanawha and surrounding counties. Families are never billed for the services they receive.
Pictured: Sgt. RG Henderson, Charleston Police Department; Cpl. Jeremy Yost and Sgt. Rick Keglor, Kanawha County Sheriff Department; Cpl. John Keeney, South Charleston Police Department; and barbers from Bully Trap Barber Shop.
Left photo: On Nov. 30, several officers visited Bully Trap Barber Shop in Charleston to have straight razor shaves.