Hair made into wigs to help children

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Last Tuesday afternoon, Madelyn Turner of Freer followed in the footsteps of her two older sisters by donating her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization which provides custom-made hair pieces to children who have suffered hair loss due to medical reasons.

Before cutting Madelyn's long, blonde hair, local hairstylist Nelda Garcia first bound it into a ponytail, then carefully cut above the band in order to keep the hair secure.

"She decided on her own that she wanted it cut this week," said her mother, Pam. "She'd been waiting for it to grow a little longer but I think this hot weather caused her to decide to do it now."

Older sisters Farrah, 15, and Audrey, 11, watched the trimming. Both also have donated hair within the past two years. Garcia also snipped their locks.

"I'm going to have mine cut again next month," declared Audrey with a smile. "I want to."

To donate, hair must be a minimum length of 10 inches, be clean and completely dry. The ponytail or braid must be placed inside a plastic bag and mailed in a padded envelope to Locks of Love, 2925 10th Avenue N, Suite 102, Lake Worth, Fla., 33461. For more information, log on to www.locksoflove.org.