Hair-raising help

Fundraiser to collect hair to make wigs for children with illnesses

If you have been putting off getting your hair cut, organizers of a Locks of Love benefit are hoping to provide a little extra incentive to cut off a few more inches for a good cause.

A Locks of Love hair-raising, or fundraising, event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 13, at Bradt Primary School in Rotterdam from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., so students and residents can donate their hair to the nonprofit organization to make wigs for children with hair loss related to medical reasons. Rita McGuire, a second-grade teacher at Bradt, is organizing the event for the third time and hopes to bring in as many hair donations as she can.

It is a great feeling, and it is nice to see people helping out people they don't know, said McGuire about the fundraiser. "It is great to see so many ages can be involved to help people that they don't even know that is the best part of it."

Hair donations should be 10 inches from tip to tip and free from bleach. At the event, hair is bundled into a ponytail and cut above the rubber band, which then gets placed into a sealed baggie to ensure safe arrival to the organization. Colored or permed hair is acceptable, as well as gray hair.

McGuire first did the event in 2007, after one of her second grade students became interested in donating her hair to LOL, which lead to McGuire and the student donating their hair together. The first event had 60 people donating hair, and in 2009, 42 people donated their hair. McGuire said it could take up to 10 ponytails for LOL to make one wig for a child.

McGuire said she would like to do it every year, but for her that isn't possible.

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