“No Shave November” may have come and gone but for one East Texas police department, it have only just begun.

Palestine Assistant Police Chief Gary Rayford said that what began as a fundraiser for a firefighter’s son diagnosed with Leukemia quickly became a way for officers to bond with each other.

“It’s been a real morale booster,” Rayford said.

Over 550 people cast a vote on Chief Andy Harvey’s Facebook page with 83 percent voting in favor of allowing officers to keep their beards.