For years my teenage daughter grew her hair out, and she loved having long, curly hair. Her grandmother, one day, on the way to get a hair cut, suggested she consider Locks of Love.
WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We 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 we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
I thought deeply about how hard it was for her to give up a part of her identity to return a sense of self and confidence to those in need. It’s easy to give away the things we have extra of or don’t want anymore. She mentored me. Could I give away something that was tied to my self-worth or self-identity so freely?