School children and teens are now joining the trend of donating hair to cancer charities, and they’re doing so at an impressive rate. As the school year winds down this May, students in Canada and the United States make giving to others an incredibly personal gift.
Thanks to programs created by schools, students grew their hair to the desired length to donate them to cancer patients who have recently experienced the trauma of hair loss. Each donation requires eight to ten inches of hair in order to be eligible for use as a wig for the patients.
In New Brunswick’s Roosevelt Elementary school, about sixty kids and parents made appointments to donate their hair. Local stylists donated their time to make the donations, which involves a quick snip below a ponytail. In addition, about forty teachers volunteered their time to help the stylists by collecting the hair that the students donated. This is the forth time for the district to participate in the program, which through Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program makes donating hair an easy and worthwhile activity. Lord Stirling Community School students also participated in the program.
In Ontario’s Palmer Rapids Public School, teachers asked students to donate hair as well as money to Locks of Love. Four students took the leap and donated hair. The money will be donated to local pediatric research programs.
Since the wigs require “virgin hair” that has never been bleached, a child’s hair is some of the most suitable material with which to make a wig. When Locks of Love first started collecting donor hair, the majority of donors were adults, with the donations going to children dealing with hair loss.
Now other programs, including Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program and Zichron Menachem provide donors opportunities to donate their hair to cancer charities. And as the opportunities for donation grew, these organizations started expanding the idea of who a potential donor would be.
Fourteen girls from New York’s Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) donated hair to Zichron Menachem, an organization in Israel that makes wigs for pediatric cancer patients.
As kids get more involved in community service programs, they reflect their ability to be generous while keeping things in the proper perspective. HANC principal Rabbi Kalman Fogel, says that the school takes every opportunity to teach students the concept of concept of ‘chesed,’ which translates into “helping others.”
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