Locks of Love makes wigs for little children who lose their hair due to chemotherapy or diseases like alopecia areata; they use only real hair, so the kids don’t feel so “different” from their friends. It’s fast and easy to donate hair; just put your long hair in a ponytail, have it cut off at any hairdresser, and send the ponytail (10 inches or more) to Locks of Love and they’ll take care of the rest. And by the rest, I mean sewing it into a realistic-looking wig, cutting it and styling it for a little kid’s haircut, and sending it to children who need it.
Who really need it.
Which makes what Little Tanya and her Mommy did all the more beautiful.
Three cheers for Tanya, who donated 19 inches of hair, and for her Mommy, who donated 15 inches of her own! This was Mommy’s first major haircut since University, and Tanya? I think it was her very first haircut ever. When I heard on Twitter this morning that we were about to celebrate Good People Day, little Tanya and her Mommy were the first who came to mind.
Update: Hats off (as it were) also to Janet Kinkaid of The Chronicles of Tewkesbury who ran a contest on her blog last December; she and another blogger, Debi Cates, raised $200, $5 per participant, and donated it this week to Sue Thompson of Headhuggers, at my suggestion. Janet writes all about it on her blog today; the story is a great read and an inspiring one. Thanks for checking in, Janet — this is an awesome update, and I’m so happy to hear about it today — Good People Day!