Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Charity: Locks of Love

I did it! I cut off my hair! I've done this a few times in my life and it feels great every time. I first cut off my hair when I turned 30, after our son was born and now. It usually grows back really fast, so that makes me a little more brave I think.
This is the first time I've donated my hair to Locks of Love. I need to donate at least 10 inches of hair that's not bleached and mail it to Locks of Love. They then use the donated hair to create wigs for children who've lost their hair due to medical reasons (chemo therapy, etc.) and can't otherwise afford a wig. I'll be mailing the hair this morning and am so glad it's going to such a wonderful purpose.

From their website:
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

The best part, our daughter came with me when I cut my hair and has been inspired to grow her hair and donate it as well. Interesting fact from the Locks of Love website, over 80% of their hair donors are children.

Happily submitted to A Time to Give over at Saving and Giving.

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