First Responders Shave off for Home Base

A UNITED FRONT: Police officers present Home Base with a $50,000 donation.

Officers from 21 police departments across southern New England found themselves in a particularly hairy situation last month. Luckily for them, it was all for a “No Shave November” fundraiser benefiting Home Base. On November 30, more than 50 local police officers participating in “No-Shave November” said ‘good-bye’ to their beards with a ceremonial shave-off at the MBTA Transit Police (TPD) Headquarters.

Traditionally, police departments have a grooming policy where officers must remain clean-shaven. This November, however, participating men-in-blue pledged money to put down their razors and grow their facial hair in support of Home Base’s mission to help Veterans and Families heal from the invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.

Police officers line up for their clean shave.

Spearheaded by MBTA Transit Police Officer Kurt Power, an Army Veteran, a Purple Heart recipient and former Home Base patient, this year’s incredibly successful No-Shave November raised over $50,000 for Home Base. Police officers from Boston University PD, MBTA Transit PD, Framingham PD, Manchester by the Sea PD, Northeastern University PD, Reading PD, Tewksbury PD, Watertown PD and Winchester PD were on hand for the November 30 ceremony.

Mobile Cuts Boston offered free shaves for police officers participating in the shave-off.

For Officer Power, choosing Home Base as the beneficiary of “No Shave November” was an easy choice. “Getting care at Home Base has been one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life and I wanted to do something to give back,” Power says. “This initiative not only raises money for a program that is changing lives for people, but it opens the dialogue and raises awareness of the invisible wounds affecting military families nationwide.”

Following a formal check presentation at the TPD headquarters, men who were itching to get their beards off lined up outside the building for a quick shave from Mobile Cuts Boston. Mobile Cuts is a full service barber shop on wheels, and was a convenient cut for officers who needed to get back to work quickly after the event.

Can’t get enough of “No Shave November”? Check out these stories by The Boston Globe and WCVB Channel 5.