Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Locks of Love

I did it! I finally did it. I gave 10” of my hair to the charitable organization, Locks of Love. I’ve been thinking of doing this for a while... ever since my 6 year old niece donated her hair last year.

If she can part with her waist-length locks, then I can too, I finally determined. Locks of Love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the USA and Canada who suffer long-term hair loss due to medical reasons such as alopecia areata or chemotherapy. Their hair prosthetics are custom made from donated ponytails and tailored specifically for each child. It’s hard for me to imagine what a child must go through when they have lost their hair, knowing the trials of peer pressure & ridicule. My sister has told me that through Izzy’s challenges with cancer, of all the chemo, radiation, blood transfusions and surgeries, it was losing her hair that was most difficult to bear. Our hair is so much a part of our identity and self-confidence.

These custom made wigs return a sense of normalcy and help to build self-esteem in these children. Just check out the donor and recipient galleries at Locks of Love and see if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face today = ‘ )

Thanks to Corrie at Calabria Salon for educating me about the program and making it easy to donate. Thanks, too, for giving me a smart cut and easing that momentary pang I felt when seeing my new short hair in the mirror. You’re a gem!


DebD said...

Love the new do and it's s till long. My dd donated her bottom length hair to locks-of-love when she cut it off many years ago.

Steve Robinson said...

That is cool... and you still have great hair to boot!

Rich said...

Good for you! You look great either way, and what a gift to others.

I’m a fan of long hair, but even a bigger fan for helping others. Blessings.


Genevieve said...

My daughter gave to locks of love too, a few years ago. I was sad that she cut her hair short, but happy at her choice to help others! Have a blessed day!

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