So I did a little chopping the week before Thanksgiving. I got a wild hair (pun intended) and decided to donate it in the spirit of Christmas giving. It has been almost a month, and I’m still getting used to it. My hair was REALLY long for 8 years, so it’s an adjustment.
8 years ago, I donated my hair for the first time. I sent it to Locks of Love, because it was the only organization I had ever heard about. I was 17 years old, and excited to make a child feel better. This time, though, I did some research.
I have heard over the years that Locks of Love makes families pay for their wigs, and my hair didn’t meet all the requirements for some of the other well known organizations (like length and/or color treatment). I was on the hunt for an organization that fit just right.
Then, one of my friends at work shared with me that an organization called Children with Hair Loss provided her daughter’s wig free of charge when she had cancer a few years ago. As I dug further and further, it seemed clear that this was where I needed to send my hair–so I did! I even checked them out on Give.org, which I highly suggest you doing before you donate to any non-profit organization.
Children with Hair Loss has never charged a child or family for a wig, and their goal is to “assist as many children as possible in changing their lives by improving their outlook and empowering them with a degree of self confidence that will allow them to face the world with renewed self-esteem.”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!