Bearded holiday drive for kids grows in popularity

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 22, 2015

Nationwide, men raise awareness for cancer during the month of November by growing out their facial hair in honor of No-Shave November. Four years ago, a group of local men inspired by this initiative created Poplarville “No-Shave November.”But instead of growing their beards for the national no-shave campaign, members participate in the monthlong event to support needy children in the area.

Daniel Wise, one of the founding members, urges all community members to participate in the monthlong event that raises money to purchase Christmas presents and clothing for local children.

“The project has grown each year and is a collaborative effort between many people in the community,” Wise said.

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In order to spread Christmas cheer to every child, Poplarville No Shave November is partnering with First Baptist Church of Poplarville and Pearl River Community College, which holds an annual Christmas toy drive.

Wise advises donors to complete a donation form, available on the group’s Facebook page, and decide on the method of sponsorship.

“For example, donors can pledge an amount for every inch of beard, or donate a daily amount for each day a group member goes unshaven,” Wise said. “Or donors can simply write a check made payable to no-shave.”

The group met with the Rotary Club of Poplarville on Wednesday to discuss the project further in hopes of raising more money and serving more children this year, Wise said.

In 2012, the group raised more than $1,800 and provided toys and clothes to 17 children. In 2013, donations doubled to $3,000 and the group partnered with PRCC and the church to serve 56 local children. Last year, they raised $3,517 and served 82 children.

“The Poplarville School District and Brothers Keeper Ministries provide the names of deserving families,” Wise said.

Poplarville No Shave November will be accepting donations until Dec. 4. Once the month is over, members will meet to turn in the donations and take a group photo, Wise said.

Remaining funds are donated to Brothers Keeper Ministries, the local food pantry, Wise said.

“This group was formed by people who weren’t affiliated with any organizations in the community and one day we said, ‘hey, let’s get together and do some kind of fundraiser,’ and it just grew from there,” Wise said.

Follow the group on Facebook at Poplarville No Shave November.

For more information, contact Wise through email at