NORTH READING — Chief Michael Murphy is pleased to announce that the North Reading Police Department will be taking part in the Home Base No Shave fundraiser this month.
This is the department’s third year participating in the fundraiser. This November, 21 members of the department are donating or raising $100 to forego facial hair restrictions this month as a way to support Home Base’s mission to help veterans and their families heal from invisible wounds such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
“The annual Home Base fundraiser is a truly remarkable initiative that raises funds to support veterans and their families, a cause that means a great deal to many members of our department and our community,” Chief Murphy said. “We’re pleased to be able to participate as a department.”
As of Wednesday, Nov. 6, the department has already raised more than 80% of their $2,500 fundraising goal.
As part of Home Base No Shave, which was formerly known as No Shave November, more than 100 New England Departments raised over $273,000 last year. Since its inception in 2015, the campaign has raised over $466,000 to fund critical mental health and brain injury care for our nation’s wounded and injured service members and their families.
This year, Home Base will link its efforts to a Statewide Veteran Suicide Prevention Campaign, led by Governor Charlie Baker. This year’s campaign will culminate with a Shave-Off celebration at Fenway Park on Wednesday, Dec. 4 to recognize the tremendous efforts by all of the participants throughout the month of November.
About Home Base:
Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for veterans of all eras, service members, military families and families of fallen soldiers through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research.
Since its inception, Home Base has provided care and support to more than 21,000 veterans and family members and trained more than 73,000 clinicians, educators, first responders and community members – all at no cost to those individuals.
For more information, visit www.homebase.org.