Funds flow from hairy faces
Published 7:00 am Friday, December 4, 2015
Local men grew out their beards in November, not only to prepare for the cold days ahead, but also to raise money for the Poplarville No-Shave November campaign. While the campaign is wrapping up, people can still donate to the initiative aiming to provide Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.
Last month, around 15 participants grew out their beards. So far, the initiative has raised more than $2,000 and a truckload of toys.
Daniel Wise, one of the founding members of the local campaign, urges community members to donate money to help purchase Christmas presents and clothing for local children.
“We are so appreciative of everyone who contributed. We still are accepting donations, so keep it going,” Wise said.
Four years ago, a group of local men, including Wise, were inspired by the national no-shave campaign, which raises awareness for cancer.
“The project has grown each year and is a collaborative effort between many people in the community,” Wise said.
In order to spread Christmas cheer to every child, Poplarville No Shave November partnered with First Baptist Church of Poplarville and Pearl River Community College, which holds an annual Christmas toy drive. Several local businesses have also contributed to the cause, Wise said.
In 2012, the group raised more than $1,800 and provided toys and clothes to 17 children. In 2013, donations nearly 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.
Wise said they plan to pick up the toys from PRCC’s toy drive next Wednesday. The deadline to donate money or toys is Dec. 10.
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 about how to donate, contact Wise through email at Daniel@poplarvilleinsurance.com or Norman Tyner at firstname.lastname@example.org.