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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 13, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Spirit

No-Shave November raises over $5,000
Dec 07, 2017
Dep. Nolan Burke presents the proceeds from No-Shave November to Hospice of Washington County assistant director Jina Witthoff.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

Workers at Hospice of Washington County got an early Christmas present Wednesday morning as Washington County Sheriff’s deputy Nolan Burke dropped off the proceeds of the department’s annual No-Shave November charity event.

For the last four years, the fundraiser has collected around $2,000 each year. This year, when asked how much was raised, Burke said the total was $5,091.78. The announcement of the higher than average collection caused many of the workers standing nearby to laugh or squeal with joy at the collection which more than doubled the collections of previous years.

“Deputies and jailers were allowed to grow beards in November again this year and we went out and received donations from the community for Hospice and we had a really good showing this year,” Burke said.

He commented as he ran a hand through the full beard that had grown on his face that by the end of November, most participants were ready to get rid of the beard.

Burke said that 11 members of the sheriff’s staff had participated in the event this year. He said the total for the five year’s the sheriff’s office had been doing the event is $13,786.78.

The money raised by the sheriff’s office goes to hospice patients who don’t have insurance. The money can be used for medications or medical equipment.

“We don’t turn anyone away, so it helps with all of our patient care,” said assistant executive director Jina Witthoff.

Burke said a friend of his with the Johnson County Sheriff’s office had told him of a similar benefit being held in Johnson County. He liked the idea, saying it was a way for deputies to have some fun and give back.

 

to the community.

The Hospice provides end-of-life services, which help people spend the last time of their lives at home with their families, he said. Burke said most people in Washington County at least know someone whose family has had to use Hospice services.

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