Kindness is contagious.
Inspired by Claremore Police Department's project to give back to their community in the form of Christmas gifts for elementary students, one member of the business community decided to pitch in.
This month officers are participating in No Shave November, during which time they can pay a weekly "fine" for the privilege of growing out their facial hair. In addition to reaching into their own pockets, officers reach out to family, friends and the community for support. When all is said and done, the money is used to buy Christmas gifts for students at Claremont Elementary School.
Theresa McMullen, of Keller Williams, knew instantly she wanted to get involved—and knew exactly which officer would get her support.
"I met officer Don Thirion about a year ago when he helped me start a Neighborhood Watch program in my community," she said. "This opportunity came up and I'm happy to support him, he's the nicest guy."
McMullen has agreed to match Thirion's donations up to $500.
"The goal is to provide Christmas presents to an entire school. It's a way to provide something for all students, some of whom may not get a gift otherwise. Last year was the first year we did it and it was a huge success," Thirion said. "We wouldn't be able to do this without people from the community, like Theresa, coming forward and helping provide funds to help us provide Christmas presents."
While McMullen is definitely Team Thirion, another member of the business community is supporting Team Woodward and Team Holland.
Stephanie Ross, of Keller Williams, says, "For every dollar you donate, the Ross Team will match it, up to $1,000. Along with Officers Jordan Holland and Doug Woodward, the Ross Team is asking for your support in No Shave November."
CPD's Deputy Chief Steve Cox said the department is thrilled with the amount of community support and the number of businesses and individuals pitching in to support the cause.