Millsboro police cleared for ‘Whiskers for Wishes’ campaign

MILLSBORO — Like the facial hair, Whiskers for Wishes has grown over time.
And it continues to cop attention in Millsboro.

Millsboro Police Department once again has town council’s official blessing for a grooming standards waiver, permitting police officers to sport beards and mustaches through the Christmas season in a fundraiser that benefits the community.

Council approved the grooming waiver by 5-0 vote (two members were absent) at its meeting last week.

“It’s a good campaign,” said Millsboro councilman Brad Cordrey, a detective with neighboring Georgetown Police Department.

The fourth edition of Whiskers for Wishes will run Oct. 15 through Dec. 31. Officers donate $20 each month to participate in the program.

All funds donated by officers or via community donations contribute directly to this campaign.
The first year, in 2016, the program raised $1,535. In 2017, the amount raised doubled to $3,070.
Last year, $5,556.31 was raised.

“You can see a significant increase,” said Millsboro Police Chief Brian Calloway, during a presentation at Millsboro council. “We had a business contribution that really put us over the edge. I just actually emailed that same business owner that wants to do the same deal this year.”

In 2018, Millsboro Police Department had 11 of 16 officers participate in the program.

“Some officers were unable to participate in this program because of their commitment to the Delaware National Guard,” said Chief Calloway.
Money raised last year was donated to Millsboro’s Grace United Methodist Church for the purchase of Christmas gifts for families in need. That partnership will continue this year.

“Grace Methodist Church locates these families through contacts they have with the Indian River School District, and or other organizations such as the Division of Family Services,” said Chief Calloway. “Grace Methodist will then select families in the Millsboro area who have reached out to these organizations to locate families in need.”

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