Just FYI: You might want to do a little research on locks of love before you decide if they're the charity you want to donate to. There's some controversy about the org, because they claim they receive much more hair than they could ever use, and so they sell the excess overseas. There's also the common misconception they give hair to kids with cancer and chemo related baldness, which they don't, as this is considered a *temporary* balding condition. The hair used for charitable purposes actually goes to kids with alopecia in most cases. They also generally don't give the hair away, but sell it on a sliding scale depending on family's income.
My problem with the org is this - if they get more hair than needed for kids with alopecia, why don't they also give to kids with cancer as well, rather than selling the excess?
I've seen a lot of people recommend giving to Wigs for kids instead, as they seem to have less controversial policies. www.wigsforkids.org
This is true! If I had it to do over again, I'd do the Wigs for Kids.
Good for you, Lanette for wanting to donate :-)
Also, mad cute skirt and the top is the perfect color for you!
Thanks! I'll check into wigs for kids. I do like to donate when I can. I figure, if I can grow it out for another few months and that's the difference between being able to donate or not? Totally worth it.
I'm actually ok with them selling the hair so long as they use the money for the charity to help kids.
Another option is to sell your hair and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice...such as MS.
Yeah? I have about 10" to sell. Do you have a website or contact info? I think I'd like to do that donation! Also, I could get my company to match if I donate cash.
Bummer! They can't accept any color treated or highlighted hair. At Locks of Love they can. Guess I'm out then.
See, locks of love accepts color treated hair and 10" is long enough. You must have 12" and it must be basically "virgin" hair for wigs for kids.
Crud, I forgot about that. Yeah, then they wouldn't have taken mine either.
Yep! I guess they can't use that hair.
I'm for charities that do good things, but I do read the website before assuming that they go to "kids with cancer" or other stuff like that. I think that many people dont do due diligence and then are surprised with the results. I'm also just fine with my hair being sold to offset costs so long as it helps those in need.
Yeah, I am generally too (okay with it being sold to offset costs as long as it helps those in need) but meant I would have gone the other route because Locks of Love seems to get more donations than Wigs for Kids as they have greater visibility.
Wigs for Kids needs more hair than I have to give unfortunately, so I won't be giving to them.
Last time I donated (last spring) Locks of Love couldn't accept any that was bleached, but dyed was OK.
That's true. When I donated I left out the highlights (I just have a few and they are in the front). I'll do the same thing next time and just ponytail the back and leave out the top layer where the highlights are in the front.
I figure that I only have a couple more times left because, as my step-daughter loves to point out, my hair is starting to go grey.:S
Aren't kids nice? Just great for the self-esteem. ;)
I once made the mistake of telling them that once you called me "Miss Piggy" due to the fact that in highschool I had small feet, but not so much the rest of me and they still occastionally call me that. *grins*
Ha! I don't remember that. You have such a strong memory.
I think it was close the the "You can just SEE, those are as tight as can be!" era. *grins*
That was Dad though. *giggles*
Yes, that was. I think that first we had the Miss Piggy discussion, then a little while later Dad saw the shoes and was all upset about it.
2009-04-27 09:16 pm (UTC)
from the locks of love FAQ
Q. Does Locks of Love sell hair? Throw away hair?
A. Hair that is short, gray, or otherwise unusable will be sold to help offset manufacturing costs. Locks of Love DOES NOT throw hair away unless it is wet and moldy or not bundled in a braid or ponytail when it is received.
Q. What are some of the medical conditions of the children you help?
A. Most of our recipients suffer from alopecia areata. Others have experienced hair loss from radiation therapy and chemotherapy, severe burns or trauma, and various other genetic and dermatological conditions. View Causes of Hair Loss.
Also from the locks of love page.
"The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need."
I donated 11" of my hair to locks of love in 2006, but I'd already read their website and knew what it would be used for. I also read the percentage that goes to the core charity before donating to any charity.
2009-04-27 09:22 pm (UTC)
sorry, one more
Q. Do you help children with short term hair loss?
A. Yes, we provide these recipients with synthetic hairpieces.
I wore my new skirt on Sat night. So hot!
I can't tell you worked a lot this weekend... you look great! SO PRETTY... as normal. ;-)
I likes the rings too.
Awww! Thank you. I wish I could see your skirt. Phost? :)
Amy took photos of me, but won't share them yet. The ones I took of her she hated. So she may have deleted mine. :(
I'll dress up again. I think I'll wear it this weekend, even if just hanging out and or doing shopping. It was so comfy.
Bummer. Sheila and I are talking about tentative plans on Saturday night. We'd love to have you join us.
Hooray! I'm cooking dinner and we're prefunking. We may or may not decide to do a few karaoke songs. Sheila has to confirm and I also have to confirm with Craig that we don't already have plans, but once I touch base with him I'll confirm and we'll switch to solid plans from tentative.
OMG! I really want to see the Wolverine movie when it comes out. Are you in?
YES! You don't even have to ask. He's so drool-worthy.
Oh, wait. *sigh* I can't teleport yet.
Yay! I'd love for you both to go with.
I love your eye makeup. That color is wonderful.
It's the Loreal H.I.P. eye liner.
Awww! Thank you, my fellow redhead. I'd love to see a phost from you. It's been a long time since I've seen your smiling face.
2009-04-29 12:47 am (UTC)
I always love your hair...
Redheads always make me weak in the knees!! You look great btw!
Thank you! I was cracking up with the new huge wide belt. It reminds me of the 80's. The last time I wore teal eyeliner was also the 80's. I just need legwarmers and I'm all set.