Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis, left, donates a $500 check to City of Greenwood police officer Corey Boyter, center, as Greenwood Police Chief Gerald Brooks watches.
The Greenwood County Sheriff's Office filled some area stockings this week, as a result of its "No Shave November" campaign.
The sheriff's office raised several hundred dollars through its inaugural beard-a-thon last month, allowing the county's largest law-enforcement agency to make three separate donations.
No Shave November is an event practiced around the globe, which has its own nickname, "Noshember." It spans the entire month and participants are expected to abstain from shaving any part of their body. Nearly 50 deputies participated last month, each kicking in $25 to participate. The sheriff's office also received one outside contribution and raised a total of $1,280.
Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis began handing out donations from the Noshember fundraiser last week, when he donated a $500 check to Meg's House Executive Director Alice Hodges. The contribution to the Greenwood women's shelter came during a domestic violence breakfast summit Thursday morning at Wesley Commons.
On Monday, he donated another $500 to Greenwood police officer Corey Boyter. The 24-year-old city patrolman's wife, Alisha Boyter, died in a much publicized two-car collision in September along Highway 225 in Greenwood. She was seven months pregnant with the couple's unborn child, who also died.
"I appreciate the law enforcement community — both city and county — showing me the support they have shown me, especially with me being just a rookie on the force," Boyter said. "From guys coming up to me while I'm at the gas station, and others just taking time out to check up on me. They treat me like I've been here 30 years. I'm glad I chose this line of work."
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