Each year, around 600 children are adopted through the foster care system in Louisiana. Nevertheless, over 250 Louisiana children are currently waiting for an adoptive placement. November has been designated National Adoption Month to help us all spread the word that kids need families. This year, Crossroads NOLA has decided to take a unique approach.
Over the past few years a trend has emerged especially among men in their 20s and 30s–No Shave November. November is now a time when men are given an excuse to grow out their scruffy beards despite the protests of the women in their lives. No Shave November is popular on college campuses where laziness is the only motivation. However, it is increasingly becoming used in awareness campaigns by nonprofits. Last November, Matt Lauer and Al Roker, anchors on NBC’s The Today Show, both participated in No Shave November to raise awareness for a variety of men’s health issues. Banter about the beards (or lack thereof) was frequently and consistently segued into a conversation, a reminder, or a story about men’s health.
This fall we are using No Shave November to give pastors throughout New Orleans an opportunity talk to their congregations and those in their circle of influence about God’s call on the Church to care for orphans and the desperate need for foster families in our city. Not a pastor? Don’t feel like you can’t join in the fun! Ditch the razor and use your newfound facial hair to advocate for local kids among your family, friends, and coworkers.