I read this story the other day about a family in Georgia who holds an annual event to collect hair for Locks of Love and people with alopecia areata.
On the left is 11-year-old Jenna Cooley. She and her mom have put together the hair donation event (named “It’s Just Hair”) and Jenna has had alopecia areata for her entire life. “The interesting thing is that when Jenna was little, we tried to shield her from it, even hide it from her,” her mom said. “As she got older, we realized that wasn’t the best thing. So we’re trying to get her more involved with it each year.” BRAVO mom! Look at that smile on Jenna’s face! She looks more than happy to be involved and spreading awareness about alopecia areata.
So, here’s what I would like to do along with the members of the Pittsburgh Alopecia Areata Support Group (PAASG): Have a hair donation event right here in Pittsburgh, PA that send all donated hair to Locks of Love. The vast majority of people who benefit from the hair donated are those with alopecia areata. If you don’t have long enough hair (10″ minimum) or meet the other guidelines needed to donate, financial contributions will be accepted at the event as well!
Step one: we need to find a local salon that is willing to participate by offering free cuts (blunt, ponytail cuts) to those who wish to donate. The salon will benefit from the free publicity and the pure joy of helping a great foundation. This is where you all come in! If you know anyone who works at or owns a local salon, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment right here at the bottom of this post. Once we find a good salon, we can choose a date and get the whole process in motion.
Peace, love and hair.