I told my daughter last year before Christmas that she could donate her hair someday to an organization that makes wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment of cancer or other disease. She said at that time she would grow her hair until it was long enough. She’s been asking ever since, ‘is it long enough yet?”
So today, to celebrate her 7th birthday, she cut her locks to show her love and support for other children who have lost their hair.
After much research, we decided to donate her hair to Children with Hair Loss. We like this organization because it offers wigs to children with hair loss due to any illness, not just cancer. It also never charges a family for their products or services. They provide wigs for approximately 300 children each year.
I had a number of people who seemed unsure that I hadn’t put my little girl up to something with this idea. I think they felt she would regret cutting her lovely locks once they were gone.
My daughter expressed just the opposite response. She was thrilled. Her and I sat and reviewed the Children with Hair Loss website and we talked in detail about what her donation was providing another child and why her donation was so important. Here are some answers to the questions I asked her.
Why do you want to cut your hair and donate it?
So some other kid can feel pretty too.
What do you think about the woman who started the Children with Hair Loss organization?
I think she is amazing. I think she is a hero to kids.
Are you happy you cut your hair?
Yes I like it. I wish I could see it on the little girl or boy who gets to share it with me.
How do you feel about yourself since you’ve done this great thing for someone else?
I think Jesus would be proud of me for helping someone.
Do you think you will do this again someday?
Yep, but it’s going to take a while for my hair to grow long enough. I hope other people do it too so they (Children with Hair Loss) don’t have to wait too long for their next donation!
What have you learned by donating your hair?
It makes me feel good to help other people. I like how it feels.
Well there you have it folks. I am so proud of my little girl. I hope she continues to help others in need as she grows up. This has certainly been a valuable lesson for us both.