Hattiesburg firefighters grow mustaches for child battling leukemia

Hattiesburg firefighters grow mustaches for child battling leukemia
Elijah has a little fun at the Hattiesburg Fire Department
Elijah Hudson
Elijah Hudson

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The guys at the city of Hattiesburg Fire Department are taking part in No Shave November, and they need the communities help to support a child in need.

"No shave November is a fundraiser we are doing for a young man named Elijah Hudson who was diagnosed with leukemia this past August," Hattiesburg Firefighter Jourdan Arnold said.

Hudson, who lives in Petal, celebrated his sixth birthday yesterday, but because of his weak immune system he is not currently able to be in school around his friends.

"He has an ongoing battle with that right now, he is in and out of the hospital and he spends a lot of days sick," Arnold said. "We have gotten the opportunity to meet him and spend some time with him and this whole thing is for him."

Around 80 members of the department are growing their mustaches for Elijah.

"We are asking the city of Hattiesburg and everyone to support our mustaches by sponsoring us, you would pay $30, which is a dollar a day for the month of November, and pay that to us and every bit of that money goes directly to Elijah," Arnold said.

Any fireman can have as many sponsors as he wants, the departments goal is to help in any way that they can.

"Some of the mustaches are better than others, but we are certainly all trying," Arnold said.

If you are interested in donating, you can check out the fire departments Facebook page at "HFD No-Shave November" or call Station 1 at 601-545-4691.