Favorite Charity: Locks of Love
|Just prior to moving back to Oregon from Arizona in 2010, I had my head shaved to about 1/4 inch on a dare and a bet while volunteering at the 3-Day Walk for the Cure. Needless to say I won the bet! I then decided this would be a good time to grow my hair out long with the intention of donating it to Locks of Love.
This is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair-loss from any diagnosis. 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.
|It took 2 1/2 years to go from shaved to about 17 inches long (about halfway down my back). When the time came to cut, I went to my stylist, Jessie, and explained what I was doing. She banded my hair in a ponytail and brought out the big shears. She made one big continuous cut just above the band and suddenly, my hair was short! We both let out a loud, "Yee Haw" as Jessie held up the ponytail.
The hair immediately went into a plastic Ziploc® bag along with my registration paperwork. This was then mailed to the Locks of Love office in West Palm Beach, Florida. About 2 weeks later, I received a certificate of thanks and gratitude from their staff.
|I would strongly encourage anyone, men included, to consider participating and donating their hair to this wonderful organization. Their website, www.locksoflove.org, provides all the requirements and forms needed for donation. First requirement: hair needs to be at least 10 inches long.
I am blessed with fast growing hair and will certainly consider growing it out again to donate.