ALTON — The Salvation Army-Alton Corps has been selected to receive the proceeds of the Alton Police Department’s No Shave November program for 2015.
“I was so pleasantly surprised to get the call from Lt. Seth Stinnett of the Alton Police Department that our Character Building Program was to be one of this year’s recipients of ‘No Shave November,’” Alton Corps Youth Director Stacy Boyer said. “Representatives from the Alton Police Department will be coming to our Character Building Program this Wednesday at 5 p.m. and will be presenting us with a check for $200."
“It was important to our participating officers that this money stay in the community and the Salvation Army was a logical choice for us,” Stinnett said.
In addition to the $200 being presented to the youth program of the Salvation Army, an additional $860 was raised this past November and has been converted into $50 gift cards the Police Department has been presenting during routine traffic stops along with warnings rather than traffic tickets.
Alton Police Chief, Jake Simmons who brought the idea to the Alton police force, said: “While we certainly have a job to do to protect the safety of our residents, it is nice to be associated with ‘cheer’ this time of year and not ‘fear.
“Many members of the department look forward to not having to shave in November, but are just as excited about bringing the ‘cheer’ to fine organizations like the Salvation Army and to the residents that we serve and protect.”
This program started about two years ago and this year also involved the local Target, Shop ’n Save and Save-a-Lot stores, which matched department donations with $50 gift cards each.
“There is a strong possibility that this money could be used all or in part to provide scholarships for our students to attend the National Jamboree at the Huzzah Valley Resort in Steelville, Mo., July 11-15, 2016,” Boyer said. “This event only happens once every four years and brings young people together from all over the country. Having this scholarship makes the opportunity to attend this Jamboree a possibility … so fitting for the Jamboree’s theme – Anything is Possible (Philippians 4:13).”