Girl gives up her hair for organization

Published: November 27, 2005 | 2836th good news item since 2003

Sit and giggle was all 10-year-old Emma Schuler could do as she watched 11 inches of her hair get cut off in sections to be donated to the Locks of Love organization Friday morning.

In a chair at Marla’s Hair Salon in Marshalltown, Schuler looked in the mirror at her long hair one last time before giving the OK to cut it off.

Now, the sections of hair will be mailed off to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces for children six to 18 years old who are suffering from long-term or permanent medical hair loss. [Alopecia Areata : Understanding and Coping with Hair Loss]

While Schuler said she does not know anyone who has lost their hair from a disease, she still wanted to donate her light brown, pencil straight hair to benefit others.

“I donated now because it was long enough and it’s a nice thing to do,” Schuler said.

Hair stylists at Marla’s were the first to introduce Schuler to the option of donating to Locks of Love as they have been part of the process for several years.

Denise Weimer, stylist at Marla’s, said they tell everyone with longer hair about the cause and that they should donate if they want to. She said any hair donated must be dye-free and over 10 inches long, which is the suggested donation length.

Schuler joins thousands of donors nationwide who have contributed to the Locks of Love organization this year.

According to Locks of Love Web, the number of hairpieces produced from these donations has increased significantly since its inception in 1997 from 21 to over 1,000.

Published in Charity, Locks of Love
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