For the third consecutive year, UT Police Department officers have embraced not shaving to benefit area organizations.
The stakes to participate in the No Shave November and Double Down December challenges were higher this year—a $50 donation for November and $100 for December.
The $2,700 proceeds from the No Shave events, combined with an additional $600 in donations from members of the UT Public Safety/UTPD family have raised a total of $3,300 for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and Courage to Conquer Cancer.
On Tuesday, UTPD officers presented $1,650 apiece to the organizations.
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is a 152-bed pediatric medical center that serves children from 16 East Tennessee counties and children from Southeast Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.
In addition to the monetary funds, UTPD officers also delivered a haul of new toys to the hospital. During the holiday season, UTPD collects these toys for the children receiving care at the hospital.
Courage to Conquer Cancer helps women recover comfortably after surgery by providing post-surgical mastectomy kits, care packages, flowers, and other support free of charge. The organization also conducts ongoing health education activities. Courage of Conquer Cancer serves women in a 16-county region, including Knox County. It also serves women in Texas.
Kristi James, the organization’s president, noted that the funds from UTPD would provide post-surgical mastectomy supplies to 28 breast cancer patients in East Tennessee.