When my wife and I received news of our pregnancy through In Vitro Fertilization after five years of doctor appointments, surgeries, medication and thousands of dollars, each of us decided to do something for the greater good.
I went to work on a memoir about our journey, my wife, decided to chop off her beautiful black hair and donate it to charity. And let me tell you, I didn’t really support her charitable act.
With limited knowledge of the agencies accepting hair donations, I went to work, searching Google. Here’s what I found:
Locks of Love: this was the first organization that came to both our minds. We knew of this organization from a friend of the family, who donated their hair several times.
Wigs for Kids: one of two organizations recommended by the American Cancer Society recommendation. Created in 1981 by Jeffrey Paul a Certified Cosmetic Therapist, this organization makes hand-made wigs for children.
Pantene: the second organization recommended by the American Cancer Society. Yes – this is the same company seen on TV commercials advertising Pantene shampoo.
Children with Hair Loss: founded in 2000 with the hope of giving children hair replacements at no cost. According to their site, they provide over 300 hair replacements to children each year. They offer hair replacements to children for any reason not just cancer.
Hair Aid: an organization located in India. The site says anyone can submit a hair donation.
Hair Hopes: offers quality hair and scalp prosthesis through financial or hair donations. They allow contact between recipients and donors. This is neat as it enables donors to see where their hair is going.
Angel Hair for Kids: an organization seeking to support and ehance disadvantaged children’s lives. Services provided in Canada but hair donations accepted from anywhere.
Cutting off one’s hair and donating it to an organization for the wellbeing of others is admirable. It’s easy to give financial assistance but cutting off long beautiful black hair as my wife did is an act she can share with our daughter when she comes of age.
My wife’s charitable act opened my eyes because it made me search read and see information and photos of children helped by receiving hair donations.
I’m positive her 14″ of long black hair made a child in need of hair very happy.