This evening, my 11 year old niece Gabi went for a haircut. Other than trimmings every now and then, she hasn’t really ever had a haircut so her hair was very long. Tonight, she had 12 inches cut off that she will donate to 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.
My sister said she was really nervous about doing it, but I know that when Gabi realized what an incredible act of kindness this is, her decision became much easier. Growing up with a brother with special needs, Gabi is very compassionate when it comes to other children with special needs and I know that she knows that she made a great choice. Hair can always grow back and hers was so long to begin with, it still looks beautiful.
I am proud of her and the kind and selfless decision that she made tonight. She is growing into a very kind and empathetic girl.