It all started with a beard, but ended with a big gift to those living with cancer.
In 2016, several Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies approached PIO Allison B. Hudson with the idea of raising money for the American Cancer Society by allowing male deputies to sport beards and pay a fee of $25 for the month of November. In its inaugural year, the APSO raised a total of $1,370 for “No Shave” November.
The first effort motivated Hudson, along with Staff Sergeant Randy Heflin, who decided to reach out to other law enforcement agencies to join in the fun and raise money. The movement hit its stride in 2018, when APSO, as well as the Gonzales Police Department and the Baton Rouge Police Department, collectively raised $8,500.
In 2019, Hudson reach out to even more agencies and added East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, St. James Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Sheriff’s Office, Golden Meadow Police Department, Port Fourchon Harbor Police Department, Thibodaux Police Department, and Lockport Police Department. Together, these agencies raised a total of $20,911.
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t put a damper on the fundraising goals for 2020. Hudson worked to add St. John Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Gretna Police Department to the growing list of agencies. This year’s total set a record of $30,775!
“I am super proud to have helped in this effort and raised money to help people,” said Hudson. “I especially want to thank Sheriff Webre for allowing us to participate in this morale booster and fundraiser each year. I hope that next year is even bigger!”