Friday, December 21, 2007

A Cut for Christmas

This has been on my almost 9-year-old's mind for a long time. She's had friends that have done it and has talked about wanting to do it too. Lately Cara's long, long, years-to-grow hair had been drawing lots of compliments which was making that final decision harder for her.

I made it clear to Cara that it would be her call when we went in for a Christmas "trim" yesterday afternoon. I could tell Cara was deep in thought on the drive to the hair salon, however the minute we entered her mind was made up. She decided she was ready to donate her hair to another child.

With a quick snip, Cara was holding years in her hand. She knew it was worth it. After all It's just long hair to her, but the world to a child suffering from hair loss. Her hair measured just over 10 inches which is the minimum required by Locks of Love.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 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 LOL provides helps to restore self-esteem and confidence to children, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

We mailed the hair off today. I'm proud of Cara for the special gift she has given this Christmas. A gift that really matters. No fancy paper or ribbon needed.

Locks of Love donor information can be found by clicking here.


Jessica said...

Wow! Good for her! From long hair to short hair! She looks great with short hair! Was she nervous at all? Is she going to keep her hair short or grow it long again to donate to locks of love again?

June said...

Thanks Jessica! I'll pass your kind words on to Cara. She was so nervous that day. I can tell when she gets all serious and quiet...two traits that are not Cara! Cara has since announced that she's growing her hair so that she can donate again. A few days ago one of her best friends just got the cut too in order to donate. Giving has this wonderful way of spreading and snowballing! : ) June

Anonymous said...

She cut her hair really short, didn't she! Her hair is so short now! Wasn't her neck cold though, because wasn't this in winter? Wouldn't summer have been better?It's good that she donated, though!