Article from AL.com
By: Carol Robinson
Irondale Police Chief Ken Atkinson presented a check for more than $1,700 to Make-A-Wish Alabama, money raised by his unshaven officers over the past three months.
The Irondale Police Department launched its Badges and Beards effort three months ago. The initiative allows officers to grow beards and mustaches, which is usually against regulations, during the months of October, November and December. The catch, however, is that they have to donate $100 each to be allowed to do so.
Atkinson said a recent study shows more than 400 children in Alabama will be diagnosed with a life-threatening condition in each of the next three years. Make-A-Wish grants wishes every day, and somewhere in the U.S., he said, a wish is granted every 37 minutes.
Irondale officers set a goal of $1,500 but ended up raising $1,777. Most of the department's officers participated, and said they can't wait to do it again this year.