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Whiskers for Wishes

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It's not Christmas yet, but presents of all sizes were delivered to Sussex County residents, Saturday. This is the fourth year the Millsboro Police Department joined with Grace United Methodist Church to collect and deliver gifts to families in need.

The officers have a special way of raising money. They do it through their Whiskers for Wishes campaign. The officers grow our their beards the months before Christmas. This results in a fine from the department, as facial hair goes against the departments policy. The money from that fine is donated to the campaign.

Presents

"We get to wear a beard. This is my first one in 75 years. I've never had one before. I thought I'd do it as chaplain of Millsboro Police. Then we get fined and the money goes to these dear families who can't afford Christmas," said police chaplain Rod Dufour.

Members of Grace United Methodist Church use the money to buy and wrap the presents. The officers then load a trailer and deliver them. This year they helped 10 families.

Police Trailer

"I reached out to the families three days ago and let them know we're coming and gave them the window of when we'll show up to make sure they're there, I had several of them break down on the phone. So it really means a lot to them," said Sergeant Barry Wheatley.

Gifts ranged from bicycles, to toys, to even gift cards and toiletries. As much as the families appreciated the gesture, it meant just as much as to the officers helping.

Santa

"It's great! The guys really, really enjoy it . It gives us a chance to give back to those less fortunate. A lot of times we go into situations where you see people in need, and typically in our day to day operations we aren't in a position to help them. This gives us the opportunity to give back to people who might not necessarily have a Christmas," said Sergeant Wheatley.

They want to give people a holiday they will never forget.

"It's just part of Christmas. Love, charity, grace, and peace. This world is all conflict anymore, so it's great to see this kind of atmosphere and love," said Dufour.

By the new year the beards will be gone, but the kindness the officers showed will stay with families past the holiday season.

 

 

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