Locks Of Love is a great not for profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged kids in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.
Most of the little ones 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 fee charged to the families is based on a sliding scale, meaning that they pay only what they can afford, many paying nothing at all. The organization depends upon the efforts and generosity of everyday people who grow their hair, then cut it and send it to Locks Of Love for use in the hairpieces.
Its mission is to provide self-confidence and a sense of normalcy to these kids. Surprisingly, over 80% of the Locks Of Love hair donations are made by children who want to help other children.
This is a wonderful way to teach kids how they can give something of themselves to those less fortunate. Locks Of Love needs donations from everyone, regardless of age and race. Growing your hair out is free and painless, so please consider helping these kids out.
Here are the steps, taken from my ehow.com article:
Grow your hair out. Colored or permed hair is fine, but they cannot accept bleached or highlighted hair until the bleached portion is completed grown out and gone.
You will need a ponytail or braid that measures at least 10 inches tip to tip. Hair swept off the floor after cutting cannot be used because it was not bundled into a ponytail or braid first.Layered hair may be divided into several braids.Curly hair can be pulled straight to measure the 10 inches.Gray hair will be sold and the proceeds used to offset the costs of production of the childrens' hairpieces.
Wash and completely dry your hair, then braid it or fasten it into a ponytail of at least 10 inches.
Snip off that braid! Put the braid/ponytail into a zip lock bag, then put that bag into a padded mailing envelope. You can print off the donation form from http://www.locksoflove.org and include that in the envelope, or you can print your name and address on a sheet of paper and include that. Either choice is fine, and will get you a nice thank you note from Locks of Love.
Mail the hair to:
Locks of Love
234 Southern Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
How easy is that???
No matter our age or income, we can always find ways to help others who are not as fortunate.
Good luck and get growing!!