HCSO’s ‘No Shave November’ Competition Raises $2,900+ for Local Youth

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

Group of No Shave November participants and donation recipients standing on the steps outside of the

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 brought an end to ‘No Shave November’ at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Throughout the month of November, deputies and staff were given the chance to opt out of dress code for a donation of $30 to Humboldt CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), CAST (Child Abuse Services Team) or Wild Souls Ranch. The Sheriff’s Office allowed those who donated to grow out their beard or dye their hair and paint their nails blue.

On Friday, Sheriff Honsal and participants presented members of CASA, CAST and Wild Souls Ranch with the donations, totaling $2,935.

“When Sheriff Honsal reached out to me, I was so happy because we work so closely together with the Sheriff’s Office at CAST,” District Attorney Maggie Fleming said. “To have them recognize it in this way was really wonderful.”

All three programs selected this year for donations support at-risk youth in Humboldt County. CAST is a multi-disciplinary interview team, which serves children and families that have experienced violence. Meanwhile CASA, trains community volunteers to serve children in the foster system.

“Those volunteers advocate for the children, help them get access to services they might not be getting and also act as a friend for them while they’re going through a difficult time in their lives,” CASA Development Director Chelsea Brown said.

Wild Souls Ranch takes an alternative approach to supporting at-risk youth by providing equine-assisted growth and learning for children in foster care or who have been adopted and children who have experienced trauma or neglect.

“This donation is going to go towards our scholarship program, which is an after school program for youth to come and experience equine-assisted growth and learning with our horses and social workers at no cost to them or their families,” Wild Souls Ranch Executive Director Savanah McCarty said.

‘No Shave November’ is just one of several programs the Sheriff’s Office participates in throughout the year to support our community.

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