Article by: Sarah Kim

Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long term medical hair loss due to medical conditions, has been asking for donations of 10 inches of hair from people willing to make “the cut.” Its mission statement is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by turning donated ponytails into high quality hair prosthetics. Locks of Love boosts the self-confidence of children who are inflicted with unfortunate medical diseases and whose lives have been made more difficult from teasing and mockery. This bullying can cause children to miss out on the most normal activities such as swimming and hanging out with friends.

The wigs made by Locks of Love have special qualities that are best suitable for a young kid’s sensitive scalp. They are made from non-adhesive material, which causes no irritation to the scalp and uses a vacuum seal, allowing the child to move freely and enabling him/her to never be left out of any kind of activities. To make these high quality wigs, Locks of Love rely on donations ranging from bundles of long hair to monetary contributions.

Lynn Kwon, an ex-ISM student, donated 10 inches of her healthy hair. She described her experience as “inspirational” and mentioned that doing so actually boosted her own self-esteem with the realization  that she was capable of making a difference in another person’s life.  She also stated that hair donation was “another alternative to donating blood since [she is] underage.” Senior Danielle Limcaoco describes the overall experience as “extremely worth it as maintaining hair is so much easier after making “the cut,” and also it’s a great experience since it’s for a good cause.”

Interestingly, children comprise over 80 percent of the donors to this charity, providing the opportunity in which children can help other children. It is surely an easy and effective way to make a difference in the community that needs helping hands. Because service is so integral to ISM’s Bearcat spirit, students of ISM who haven’t yet made the “cut”, should consider doing so.

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