ACUSHNET - You've probably seen your favorite athletes and celebrities grow out their facial hair to participate in “No-Shave November” in support of special causes and charities. This year you can add the Acushnet Police Department to that list.

In the no-shave campaign, Acushnet Police are supporting Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program. They join 44 other Police Departments who will be allowing participating officers to donate $100 to Home Base, which helps veterans and military families heal from wounds that can't be seen - such as post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain injuries.

MBTA Transit Officer, Army veteran, and Purple Heart Recipient Kurt Power is heading the movement and is aiming to not just raise money for the foundation, but to also raise awareness and talk about ending the stigma of getting treatment upon reintegration to society.

“The only wish I have is that we give the gift of hope, hope to all the veterans that don't believe reintegration is possible. Hope to the approximately 20 veterans a day that may give up tomorrow,” Power said. “If I can convince just one person who needs help to listen to me and put their trust in the treatment at Home Base, this will all be worth it,” he said.

According to a press release from the Acushnet Police Department, the first responder No-Shave November campaign has raised $75,000 so far. Acushnet Police have a goal of $2,500 and ask community members and business owners to participate.

You can support the Acushnet Police Department and Home Base by visiting

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