Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Locks of Love: My 7 Year Old Daughter Donated 12 Inches of Hair

You may remember that two weeks ago I donated 13 inches of hair to Locks of Love.  As soon as our daughter saw my hair, the begging began.  Our daughter is 7 1/2 years old and asked to have her hair cut and donated as well.  Daddy was having a difficult time saying yes to her request. She had NEVER had a haircut before, only trims to get rid of split ends and shorten her bangs.

I love her long hair but I've always thought she would look adorable with a short cut. If it were only up to me, she would have had a short haircut, probably a bob, a long time ago!

We have to take baby steps when it comes to daddy, long hair and his baby girl!  After a couple nights of talking to my husband he agreed that she could have her hair cut.  His only stipulation was that it not be cut above her shoulders.  I was happy with that and so was she.



 When I asked her why she wanted to cut and donate her hair she said... "Mommy, I want to help those kids who don't have any hair.  I don't think it would feel good to have no hair because they probably feel weird and people might make fun of them.  They can have my hair because I have enough for all of us."
Then she went on to say... "Besides, I can always grow more hair and they can't.  I want to help them and give them my hair so that they can have long pretty hair just like me.  I just have one question... how do they get the hair to stay on their heads?  Do they sew it on or something?"
I am so proud of my daughter for making the decision to give a piece of herself and make such a caring and thoughtful donation.  
**It is estimated that 80% of all Locks of Love donations come from children who wish to help other children** 

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Have you (or your children) ever donated your hair to Locks of Love?


Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They 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.
 

3 comments:

ReadyOrNot said...

I wanted to donate my hair when my dad was going through cancer treatments, but it was highlighted, so I found a nonprofit called "Little Princess Trust" in England that does accept colored hair to make wigs and donates them to little girls.
You should be so proud of your daughter, what a beautiful heart she has!

Tamara B. said...

We have donated my daughter's hair twice and it is such a great feeling! Big hugs to your daughter for doing such a great thing :) {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

Elizabeth J. Neal said...

I love her long hair but I've always thought she would look adorable with a short cut. If it were only up to me, she would have had a short haircut, probably a bob, a long time ago! fingerprint locks