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December 22 was the date that I, once again with the help of my stylist at her salon, donated my hair to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a charity that makes wigs out of donated hair for kids who have a wide sort of ailments from cancer to autoimmune disorders and who do not have or have lost their hair due to illness/treatments. This allows anyone who grows their hair long to essentially give their hair directly to a child.
I started donating my hair at a tender young age in elementary school. At that point, it was and has been my “thank you” to God for sparing my mother after her own struggle with cancer and seeing what my mom went through with having to be without hair and wear wigs and more until her hair grew back. Then, my participation with Locks of Love grew and the importance of it to me has grown as well.
I have donated my hair every 2 years after that first time. I donate it once it gets long enough, as it has to be 10 inches or longer and all natural. If you donate chemically processed hair it cannot be used for the children. However, do not let that discourage you, as they take that hair if donated and sell it to help their charity.
The fact that I could help kids with ailments was and is a fantastic feeling for me. Many of us who have hair probably do not understand the struggle of growing up without hair, nor the pressures it puts on those kids every day. For me, being able to help in my small way remove some of those pressures and make them feel like normal kids is such a heartwarming feeling on its own.
I have always donated my hair around Christmas time because it was always my gift so some child could have hair as their Christmas present. However, it doesn’t have to be Christmas time for you to donate. Locks of Love accepts donations all year long.
I have seen that others in my town too have taken part with Locks of Love since I started years ago. This does my heart good. I hope that others will continue to think of Locks of Love when it comes time to cut their hair.
To contact Locks of Love, visit their website at www.locksoflove.org. The organization is located in West Palm Beach, Fla., and can be contacted at (561) 833-7332 for additional information about their mission.