ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Rome Police Department has raised and donated $2,000 to the Rome Rescue Mission in an effort to help provide Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate, Rome Police Chief Kevin C. Beach said. The money was raised as a result of the Rome Police Department's "No Shave November", which allows officers to grow facial hair (beard, goatee, etc.) during the month of November in exchange for a monetary donation from the officer. Although officers are prohibited from growing facial hair, Chief Beach has waived that regulation during the month of November for the participating officers. 53 Rome Police officers are taking part in "No Shave November" and the money that has been raised will fund turkey dinners and food baskets that will be served at the Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving Day. Several Rome Police officers are also donating their time to help serve Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Rescue Mission. "I am very proud of our officers for their generous donations to the rescue mission," Chief Beach said. "They truly care about their community and for those who have come upon hard times." On November 2, Chief Beach and Deputy Chief Kevin Simons presented a $2,000 check to Rescue Mission Executive Director Matt Miller.