Locks of Love, it’s more than just a haircut

By HANAKO KATO

Photo by KIrby MCMAHoN
Senior Ashley Leverenz plans to participate in the Programming Activity Counsel’s Locks of Love event by donating her hair. “It’s just hair,” Leverenz said. “It will grow back eventually and I’d rather it go to someone in need than be thrown in the trash.”

During the month of November, the Programming and Activities Council is working to generate interest in a spring event where students can cut their hair to donate to Locks of Love.

While the actual haircuts will happen sometime in March or April, PAC wants to spread the word so students start growing their hair now. During an information session in November, they will ask participants to sign pledges promising to donate their hair 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 suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

“It was something that PAC was excited about and it’s for a good cause,” said Anne Koenings, graduate student and student assistant in Student Engagement.

Some students are already getting geared up to participate.

“I would like to donate in the future because it will help another person through tough times,” said Abby Demler, a Mount Mary student.

“I know there are people who cannot grow their own hair for some reasons, and I would like to give them my hair,” said Ashley Leverenz, Mount Mary student. “In donating my hair, I know they can feel better about themselves.”

Locks of Love requires that the hair is at least 10 inches long. It also cannot accept hair treated with bleach, as it causes problems during the manufacturing process. Hair shorter than 10 inches can be donated, but will be separated from the longer pieces and sold to offset manufacturing costs.

Participants are asked to fill out a donation form and place their dry ponytails or braids in a resealable plastic bag to be sent to Locks of Love.

“It’s exciting. It’s something fun to do, grow your hair out and get it cut,” Koenings said. “It’s going to grow back, so why not do it?”



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