AYER — Don’t be surprised if things start to get hairy at the Ayer Police Department.
Specifically, the police officers themselves.
For the privilege of growing out their facial hair, officers from Ayer Police Department are paying up and participating in No-Shave November in support of Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.
Traditionally, police departments have a grooming policy where officers must remain clean-shaven. However, for the next 30 days, police officers from 44 police departments will be permitted to grow beards and goatees in exchange for donating $100 to Home Base and their mission to help veterans and military families heal from invisible wounds — like traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder — regardless of their financial means or discharge status.
The movement is spearheaded by MBTA Transit Officer, Army Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient Kurt Power, who sought care for his own invisible wounds at Home Base.
“The only wish I have is that we give the gift of hope, hope to all the veterans that don’t believe reintegration is possible. Hope to the approximately 20 veterans a day that may give up tomorrow,” Power says. “If I can convince just one person who needs help to listen to me and put their trust in the treatment at Home Base, this will all be worth it.”
This month, Ayer police officers will go beyond the badge to not only help raise money for a program that is changing the lives of veterans and their families, but to evoke conversation, raise awareness and break the stigma associated with getting care.
To date, the first responder No-Shave November campaign has raised $75,000 for Home Base. Ayer Police Department, has a goal of $2,000 and is asking community members, business owners, and family members to join the cause and donate.
To support Ayer Police Department’s No-Shave November fundraising efforts, visit their Facebook page at