On Wednesday, March 28, Locks of Love returned to the Campus Center at St. Mary’s College, giving students a chance to donate hair or money to the organization.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that accepts donations of hair or money and provides hairpieces for disadvantaged children (both in the U.S. and Canada) suffering from hair loss brought on by a diagnoses. The condition that most of these children suffer from is alopecia areata, a disease causing spot baldness. The hairpieces are meant to restore the children’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as a sense of normalcy that these children have difficulty finding otherwise. In addition to helping children face themselves, Locks of Love helps children face their illness and their peers when they do not think they can. Hairpieces are given to children free of charge, or at a discounted rate, depending on how financially disadvantaged the child and his or her family is.
While at the Campus Center, the hair stylist Amber Mattingoy accepted both appointments and walk-in haircuts. By 2 p.m., eight hair donations had been made: four people had sit-down haircuts and four had donated ponytails that had already been cut. In order to donate hair, at least six inches of hair needed to be cut off. While sitting down to donate her hair, senior Caitlin Fowler said, “I’m scared to get my hair cut, but I’m more than happy to donate it, as long as it’s for a good cause.”
Foreign exchange senior Urska Podmenik, when asked why she donated to Locks of Love, said, “I saw the e-mail and thought, why not? I didn’t know much about it though, so I looked up Locks of Love on the internet, and thought it was a worthy cause.”
Despite the fact that St. Mary’s has been continuously donating to Locks of Love, Student Activities staff member Olusola Ogundele said, “Although we are going to continue doing events like this, we are currently looking into alternatives to Locks of Love.”