Monroe Police support Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink shirts in October. This year, agents will be selling shirts for charity in October and November.

Monroe Township Police are fulfilling the first round of orders for their annual Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt fundraiser, which began earlier this month and will run through November.

“This is probably the third year we’ve been selling shirts,” Police Chief Craig Monohan said. “We started with our officers wearing pink shirts with their uniforms and even breast cancer pins. The guys really like the jerseys themselves, but this year it’s a little different.

While each year has a sense of hope and community pride behind it, with officers in pink shirts and wearing pink badges, this year has hit home for the department after one of its own was lost to breast cancer and another started battling the disease nearly a year ago.

Chloey McBride, wife of Sgt. Peter McBride, had a mammogram this year that was inconclusive, but she knew in her gut that something was wrong. After seeing another doctor, she was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and learned that she needed further treatment. Instead of radiation therapy, she opted for a double mastectomy in January.

“Everyone, and not just the department, but the officers and the families, there hasn’t been a moment where I didn’t feel supported,” she recalled. “They are amazing people and they are so supportive. It’s been a tough nine weeks, but I’m still here.

Chloey has since participated in a Susan G. Komen Run fundraiser. To help its cause, the police department will donate the money raised from its t-shirt sales to a charity of its choice.

“There are many organizations where the money goes to preventative care research,” Chloey noted. “It’s really important that we also fund organizations that help people with dietary needs and also go to treatment centers.”

The department’s shirts went on sale earlier this month, with 700 orders, a $2,700 gain for charity. According to agent RJ Heffner, who helps organize the annual events and other programs, the sale will resume once current orders are filled and delivered – by hand.

“Fundraising is personal to the department and we want to make sure people know how much we appreciate them spending their hard-earned money on something like this,” he said. “So we’re proud to hand-deliver them and thank the people who helped us.”

Monroe Police have other charitable efforts underway. Beginning in November, agents will participate in the annual “No Shave November” campaign, in which agents donate money by growing their “clean and trimmed” facial hair during that month and in December. Funds raised will benefit people with prostate cancer.

As the holiday season approaches, the department will once again participate in Toys for Tots and collect coats and warm clothes for the needy.

For more information about the police department and its upcoming events, visit the Monroe Township (Gloucester County) Police Department Facebook page.